Media release of the AEROPERS-SwissALPA of 8 August 2017
The air in the cabins of aircrafts is burdened by chemical residues from the engines. The AEROPERS pilots’ association today publishes a position paper with various demands on this topic. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a study on the “Aerotoxic Syndrome”. It may be the health of passengers and flight crew at stake.
“Everyone on board an airplane breathes air that can be contaminated by chemical substances,” says Henning Hoffmann, Managing Director of AEROPERS. In the case of most airplanes, the air is not supplied directly from the outside as fresh air, but is fed into the cabin by the engine via the air pump. Therefore, components of engine oil and hydraulic fluid can also be detected within the aircraft. These substances can lead to very serious health problems, which can have both short-term and long-term consequences. “Immediately, inhaling these toxins can lead to nausea or even fainting, thus limiting the workability of the crew,” says Thomas Steffen, press officer of AEROPERS and Linienpilot. “In the long term, these substances can have a negative effect on the central nervous system and permanently damage their health. In the case of pilots, this can lead to the loss of air license for medical reasons and thus the course of unemployment. ”
The WHO study concludes that the so-called “aerotoxic syndrome” has the potential to become a new occupational disease and calls for greater efforts to investigate cabin air problems. Even though the medical basis has not yet been sufficiently researched in all areas, the exposure must nevertheless be kept as low as reasonably practicable in order to exclude possible damage to health.
For the AEROPERS pilots’ association, it is clear that the machines currently used must be equipped with filters and sensors which are already on the market today. New aircraft will be designed and built with air-free cabin air-conditioning systems so that passengers and crews are no longer exposed to the risk of poisoning by contaminated cabin air.
On 19 and 20 September 2017, a large conference on the subject of cabin air will take place in London. There, the latest developments and findings from the field of medicine and technology on this subject are presented and the influence of individual poisoning cases on flight safety is presented. “The topic has been silenced by the aviation industry for a long time,” says Henning Hoffmann. “Now it is time for the airlines to take advantage of today’s technical possibilities and protect their passengers and crews from the danger of toxic cabin air.”
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