The air we breathe in airplanes has to be pressurized to allow us to survive at the normal cruising altitude of around 10,000 meters, roughly 33,000 feet. No big problem, air can be compressed and heated so passengers and crew can breathe … but there is a hitch: The compressed air in those airplane cabins has – since about the 60’s – been taken from the air that the planes’ jets compress before burning it together with the fuel to fly that plane.
Of course there is no guarantee that this air doesn’t contain engine oil fumes – it often does. The thing most people don’t know is that there are no filters between the engine and the cabin that could clean the air. Jet engine oil is a highly toxic brew containing organophosphates. Is it any surprise that cabin crew and passengers may suffer from “unexplained” toxic effects called the Aerotoxic Syndrome?
To read the 2010 article click here.
In 6 more years time – will the known solutions have been introduced for the public’s health & safety?