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Open Letter to Lord Attlee from Aerotoxic Association
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Contaminated Cabin Air (German) by Tim van Beveren)
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I am a flight attendant for a German Airline and I just learned about me breathing unfiltered air, maybe 3 months ago, when one of my colleagues told me about the movie "Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines", which I then ordered over the internet and watched falling from one shock to another, because I finally found answers for my ongoing pretty bad health condition.
It all started with me feeling down and tired approximately after my first 6 months of flying. Me and also my doctor just took it for me being overworked and stressed. But it never got better, for one thing it got worse once I was on vacation, sleeping all day and still feeling tired when I got up very late for a few hours.
After me flying about 12 months, I started getting really bad migraines, shortness of breath to an extent where I couldn't even go out shopping because the walk from the parking lot to the first shop would cause my heart race so badly, I needed to sit down. About 2 months later again, the dizziness started. My doctor by then, didn't know what to do with me, but she still put these symptoms down to exhaustion.
Of course I believed her, I had no clue this was due to me breathing bleed air on board of our Boeing 757 (that I was doing duty on mostly, after long-haul flights got transferred to another city).
So I was sent from a lung specialist, to a cardiologist, to a brain specialist. In the end, they even made a brain-CT, and they found nothing.
After I got restationed and am now flying B767 mostly, these symptoms have subsided almost completely. I can even go out hiking again, which seemed impossible just 3 months ago.
Thanks to that movie and the Aerotoxic Association, I am no longer feeling as if there's nothing wrong with my body but instead my head like some of these doctors suggested. I am very grateful to have found support here and hope that this problem will be known soon all over the world, and a solution will be found. Till then I won't be going back on the B757 if I can somehow manage not to.