A former BA employee who believes many of the airline’s staff are dying prematurely has released a YouTube video showing photos of hundreds who have died recently.
Cabin supervisor Dee Passon became concerned about her colleagues’ health while working and secretly conducted a survey among airline staff. This revealed high levels of depression, blood pressure, confusion, memory loss and lung cancer.
When Passon was forced to retire six years ago BA agreed to pay an ill-health pension after accepting a doctor’s diagnosis that she was suffering from aerotoxic syndrome, which safety campaigners argue is the result of organophosphate toxins released into aircraft during flights.
But airline companies, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport do not believe air quality is below safe levels. Passon established the Angel Fleet Public Group Facebook page in 2014. It has over 7,500 members. She asked people who wanted their dead loved ones to be included in a video to send in photos of those who “have transferred to Angel Fleet”. Among those featured on Silver Wings Volume 1 are Andrew Barnes, 46, and Amanda Aitken, 30, who died in 2014 and 2011. Passon has compiled a list of BA employees who have died prematurely.
There were 23 deaths among BA staff in 2014, including Shabila Mahmood, 43, Caroline Goldring, 28, and Captain Jon Latter, 55. Three each were the result of suicide and cancer, five of heart attack, one each of pneumonia and an accident. Five could not be determined by the coroner with four currently unknown. Passon asked BA for its death rates among its staff.
It refused, and also did the same with a similar request from representatives of the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association. Campaigner pushes BA on death rate figures Passon’s own calculations suggest that with 15,000 cabin crew and 3,500 pilots the death rate amongst BA staff is 1:804.
She approached the Metropolitan Police Service and was told that in 2013 the service had 29,974 active officers and a death rate of 1:1500; almost half that of BA. “With the BA staff death rates being almost double than the Metropolitan Police it should be a cause for concern,” said Passon. “The airline company should examine what lies behind these figures, including whether aerotoxins play a part.” A BA spokesperson did not dispute Passon’s calculations but said: “There is no evidence to suggest that working for an airline increases the risk of premature death and the substantial research conducted into questions of cabin air quality has found no evidence that exposure to potential chemicals in the cabin causes long-term ill health.”
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