A BRITISH Airways boss has admitted passengers and crew can be hurt by toxic fumes on flights.
And the airline has been criticised for failing to offer protection to travellers.
Mark Mannering-Smith, BA’s head of in-flight safety, said on an internal online forum that cabin fumes can be toxic and “incapacitate” flyers.
He said crew could wear smoke hoods — similar to gas masks — “regardless of customer perception”.
His comments were deleted, but had been saved by staff.
A senior British Airways insider said: “Oxygen comes from tanks in the hold.
Airlines such as BA have not publicly acknowledged an issue with “aerotoxic syndrome” for fear of big compensation claims.
Dee Passon, who has campaigned on the issue after being forced to retire as a BA flight attendant on health grounds, said 412 crew had died between 2006 and 2014, some in their 20s and 30s.
She does not suggest every death is due to aerotoxic syndrome but believes it is a factor.
She said: “BA knows fumes are happening but does not provide protection for their passengers.”
BA said last night: “Our safety equipment and training exceed required industry standards.”
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