Cortex: An emerging concern: Toxic fumes in airplane cabins – Dr Sarah J. Mackenzie Ross, University College London – 21st January 2016

Toxicology is a new science, the complexities of which have been highlighted in the papers contained within this special section. Our understanding of the mechanisms through which various chemicals interfere with nervous system function is constantly evolving and research is unable to keep up with the speed with which new chemicals are produced and put…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a breath of fresh cabin air Daily Telegraph – 19th December 2009

The successful launch of the Boeing Dreamliner this week has highlighted concerns about the amount of toxic air in conventional aircraft cabins. The new lightweight plane, which is designed to cut fuel costs by 20 per cent, has been hailed as the answer to the problem of contaminated air that scientists claim affects up to…

‘Evidence’ of fume/smoke incidents October 2015 – January 2016

A selection of international fume/smoke incidents from October 2015 – January 2016 from AV Herald. Click here to view. To read a 15th November 2015 European Cockpit Association (ECA) demand for Toxic Air Detection systems click here. “ECA is aware of the development of detection systems. These assist pilots in their decision-making and can help airlines…

Letter from Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Transport. 6th January 2016

Government letter to certain MP’s Lords/Ladies on 30th November 2015:- http://aerotoxic.org/information/reports-and-evidence/government-letter-to-uk-lords-ladies-and-members-of-parliament-30th-november-2015/ Dear Mr Goodwill, I have just read your letter to both Houses of Parliament (30th November 2015) concerning contaminated air in passenger jets but note that the concentrations of chemicals in an oil fume event have never yet been published, although ‘further research’ by EASA…

NASA, IATA, ECA, EU, ICAO & UK Government ‘Evidence’ – November / December 2015

Whilst some claim that there is ‘NO EVIDENCE’ of human ill health following oil fume exposure in a confined space – here is a selection of the most up to date EVIDENCE from 2015:     National Aeronautics and Space Administration here     International Air Transport Association here     European Cockpit Association here    …

ICAO – GUIDELINES ON EDUCATION, TRAINING AND REPORTING OF FUME EVENTS – 2015

As aircrew, engineer or passenger – have you experienced the following ill health symptoms after being exposed to an oil ‘fume event’ whilst flying? Abnormal taste, Dizziness, Fatigue/weakness, Headache, Irritated eyes, nose, throat, Slowed thinking, Tingling, Trouble breathing? If so, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) would like to hear from you after reading and filling in the following report/form: icao-circ-344-fume-event-guidelines IF NEEDED, PROVIDE…

BALPA latest on Contaminated Cabin Air – 3 years ago – 1st January 2013

Our position on the health effects of contaminated cabin air is led by our Operational Aviation Medicine and our Occupational Health and Safety Study Groups. We have been working continuously towards understanding and evaluating the science relevant to cabin air issues for over ten years. The nature of this subject is extremely complex and has…