Air crew union calls for urgent inquiry into toxic air in passenger planes
Flight attendants and pilots are trying to draw attention to a delicate issue in aviation: Can cabin air in the aircraft be toxic - and cause serious health damage?
Flight attendant Kerstin Konrad still remembers her first "Fume Event". This is what it is called in the industry, when the air in the aircraft is contaminated. In the rear of the cabin, her colleagues had noticed a peculiar smell and the captain asked Kerstin Konrad to check that. "I went to the back and sniffed at the air nozzle," Konrad told DW. "I immediately got a headache and tummy pain and a tingling sensation in the limbs that spread like a numbness." Konrad was so dazed and so confused that she could not even perform the simplest task. "I could not sort the juices on the trolley anymore, which sounds crazy," she says. "I sat down and stared blankly in to space because I was no longer capable of anything, so many people describe it as feeling like a zombie." (original language © source) read here
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