Wednesday 18 July 2018

Flyers risk cabin toxic poisoning

Irish people who regularly fly on aircraft and experience 'jet lag' or, in rare cases, 'air rage' could be suffering the ill effects of toxic cabin air which is fed directly from the engines.

Research from the UK indicates that 200,000 passengers every year suffer from airline induced air poisoning.

The term Aerotoxic Syndrome was coined in 1999 to describe a litany of symptoms observed by pilots, passengers and tourists alike, who were exposed to contaminated air.

Anyone who has experienced chronic fatigue, the feeling of intoxication even though they have not been drinking may be suffering from Aerotoxic Syndrome.

The problem is caused by engine lubricating oil accidentally contaminating the cabin air, which comes from the engines.

To compound matters, the lubricating oils contain a neurotoxic organo-phosphate called tricresyl phosphate (TCP) which attacks the nervous system.

A study last year by the University of London showed that 196,000 British passengers are exposed to toxic fumes every year, but in reality it is probably a lot higher.

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