British Airways removes plane after finding bed bugs on board – 28 February 2016

LONDON — A plane was taken out of service by British Airways after bed bugs were found on board. The airline says two of the parasitic insects, which feed on people’s blood, were found. “Whenever any report of bed bugs is received, we launch a thorough investigation and, if appropriate, remove the aircraft from service…

Aerotoxic syndrome, an ongoing environmental forensics investigation – Jean‐Christophe Balouet (Environnement International, Orrouy, France),  David Megson (University of Toronto, Canada) 27 February 2016


Organophosphates  (OPs)  have
successful properties that means they have
been widely used as flame retardants and
pesticides.  However,  their  neurotoxic
properties  have  also  been  long
acknowledged and used in more sinister
applications such as nerve gases (1).
Hundreds of thousands victims have been
affected by organophosphates over the last
150 years. This has occurred since its early
uses in the 1890s as a treatment to
tuberculosis, in the famous ginger Jake
poisoning caused by counterfeit alcohol
during US prohibition times, and the 1959
Moroccan poisoning, and not to ignore the
estimated 200 000 annual fatalities in the
3rd world (2). Interest in this group of
compounds is growing once again as we try
to  establish  the  cause  of  Aerotoxic

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Commercial Flight Questionnaire – AEROTOXIC 27 FEBRUARY 2016

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Flying high: Scientists expose dangers of toxins in cabin air – DW 26.2.16

A team of German scientists has identified toxins in the bodies of aircraft crew members who believe they’ve experienced a so-called “fume event” – a technical glitch where toxins from the engine contaminate cabin air. Headaches, vomiting. Feeling irritated or a tingling sensation in arms and legs. Feeling drowsy. Being unable to focus. It’s a…

Incident: Lufthansa A319 at Krakow and Munich on Feb 20th 2016, hydraulic odour in cockpit and cabin

A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILD performing flight LH-1625 from Krakow (Poland) to Munich (Germany), was taxiing for departure from Krakow when a hydraulic odour was noticed in cockpit and cabin, the APU was running. The aircraft departed and later was on approach to Munich, when the odour re-occurred and intensified, the APU was not…

Incident: Malaysia A388 near Kuala Lumpur on Feb 25th 2016, engine oil and smell

A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration 9M-MNB performing flight MH-2 from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was climbing out of Kuala Lumpur when the crew stopped the climb at FL240, entered a hold and subsequently returned to Kuala Lumpur for a safe landing on runway 32L about 2 hours after departure. A passenger…

New ICAO guidelines a ‘big achievement’ for ITF – (No mention of the ‘A’ word…) 24 February 2016

International Transport Federation After years of campaigning for safe cabin air quality, the ITF has welcomed the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Guidelines on education, training and reporting of fume events. The ITF had long warned of the health risks of cabin air extracted from engine compression and conveyed unfiltered to passengers and crew,…

Mars recalls chocolate bars in 55 countries after plastic found in product – – 24 February 2016

CHOCOLATE giant Mars has ordered a massive international recall of Mars and Snickers bars made at its Dutch factory after a piece of red plastic was found in one. Millions of chocolate bars were deemed possibly unsafe for consumption in 55 countries after a customer in Germany discovered plastic in his Snickers bar on January…