Mr Thomas Lutze MP
A report by Tim van Beveren, June 10, 2016 relating to contaminated cabin air:
“Today in the German Bundestag (within Parliament): a round table discussion about “cabin air” took place, by invitation of Mr Thomas Lutze MP. In the nearly 4-hour meeting in Berlin, a very intense exchange in which affected crew members, doctors, manufacturers of sensors and filter technology, as well as trade union representatives of the ‘Vereinigung Cockpit’ and ‘Ver.di’ took part. Although they were expressly invited, the following parties did not appear: the BG Verkehr, the Federal Bureau of aircraft accident investigation (BFU), the Federal aviation authority (LBA) and the flight attendant trade union UFO eV. First the company representatives presented their existing solutions for aircraft :
Sensor technology from the company ‘Gröger & Obst’ in cooperation with ‘Siemens’ from Bavaria, which would be able to detect cabin air contamination and warn the pilots immediately of fume events.
The system has already been successfully tested (2014 in Hamburg), on an engine and is now available in the size of a microwave oven and weighing only 30 kg . Although the company has offered it free of charge for testing, there has been no response from the German Airlines. Similar non-response, Bernd Müller from the company EcoVac from Baden-Württemberg, stated . He has developed a filter system that can seemingly filter pollutants from the bleed air. Although recently, German Wings showed interest in this system, they canceled again. Justification: “One had something better,” said Müller.
Two affected Lufthansa pursers spoke about their personal experiences after fume events within Lufthansa.
They also criticized the lack of, respectivally the as good as “non-existent support” by their union ‘UFO’ in the past 3 years, both in the work related and now in the social security aspects of their flight disability in consequence of the events. Both are now trying to make claims against the statutory accident insurance, the BG-traffic, before the social courts. It has also become clear that there are many inconsistencies within the BG. Moreover, Dr. Stefan Fennrich from the University Hospital Tübingen reported of recent measurements. Dr. Fennrich is co-developer of a human blood sensor that allows to find the effects of poisoning on the human immune system and to be measured. The use of this system is required for the pharmaceutical industry in the approval of new drugs for many years already.
However, it is virtually impossible to get research funding for further scientific investigation, as BG, industry and airlines continue to claim their is no problem. Dr. med. Astrid Heutelbeck reported on the findings of the Institute of Occupational Medicine of the University of Göttingen. Meanwhile, also an increasing number of passengers investigate after fume events. ‘Ver.di’ (trade union) reported an increasing number of complaints from members about so called ‘ D-doctors’ (expl: = doctors that have to be visitied before being tested at Göttingen – these doctors have the authority to determine if a person is sick or not before testing!! ). Also, complaints about occupational physicians were made, and that after acute fume events, blood or urine samples either would not be taken, or that they simply “disappeared”. A very thoughtful MP Thomas Lutze promised to discuss these alarming findings with his party colleagues. ”
From 2012 watch here
Journalist Tim van Beveren