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…

We examine the mysterious death of a pilot from Wiltshire and ask could he have died after breathing in contaminated cabin air? BBC South West 18th January 2016

To view the BBC South West programme transmitted on 18th January 2016 click here. To view a BBC Panorama programme from 2008 ‘Something in the air?’ featuring UK passengers and young children from a ‘fume event’ flight on 1st February 2007 click here. Questions: The CAA and airlines still refuse to talk on camera, but…

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…

Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution – Guardian 16th January 2016

“World Health Organisation describes new data as ‘health emergency’, with rising concern likely to influence decision over Heathrow expansion.” To read the full 16th February 2016 article click here. To read a 26th February 2006 Guardian article (nearly 10 years ago!) about toxic air in the confined space of jet airliners – click here. To…