Your news report (p 2 16 March) included a statement by the Civil Aviation Authority that there is ‘no evidence’ that exposure to fume events on board aircraft causes serious ill-health. This is untrue. There is as much evidence as that linking smoking to cancer, with arguably even more damaging effects on human health. I investigated this matter for several months for the Aerotoxic Association, and I found the link established in numerous medical records of affected airline staff; in several independent academic studies in the UK, the Netherlands the USA and Australia, and by several court cases that have found in favour of the claimants and imposed damages on the employer. The ‘no evidence’ claim presumably derives from a UK-government commissioned study published in 2011 that was never completed, as it did not include the contents of a fume event, nor include any affected staff; it was essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy. No evidence was found because no proper search was undertaken.
I do wish that the newspaper that proudly exposed the MPs’ expenses scandal would finally start properly to investigate a much more serious scandal, in a manner commensurate to its import.
If you wish to read more details, my report on the matter is available via this link: https://felipewh.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/vested-interests-lazy-journalism-and-the-biggest-scandal-youve-never-heard-of/
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