It is highly undesirable to disrupt the brain metabolism of pilots who are responsible for the safety of the aircrew and passengers;
Dr. Claude Thibeault
International Air Transport Association
800 Place Victoria,
P.O. Box 113
6 February 2015
Dear Doctor Thibeault,
Contamination of the Breathing Air Supply – Passengers:children, infants and the foetus
I refer to my letter of 16 August 2014, Aviation Health Conference 2014-Passenger Health.
You will remember my mentioning the status quo. That is, in the close confines of a hermetically sealed aluminium cylinder, where all the breathing air comes from the same source, passengers are never informed when there has been an acknowledged cabin air incident resulting in all the crew being taken to a medical facility.
It was rather a shame that Lord Attlee, nor the civil servants at the Department for Transport, had proved capable of explaining how the UK Government intended to safeguard the health and safety of passengers.
Additionally, there was no evidence to suggest the CAA “ensured the health and safety of the travelling public.” You will know that Dr Dowdall,as Head of Health Services at British Airways,in his evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee:
Air Travel and Health:an Update – Minutes of Evidence Pages 18-22
not only voiced his opinion that:
“I have no evidence to suggest that there is a serious medical problem here”(Q73)
“I believe the organophosphate element of this is something of a red herring” (Q83)
Correspondence with EASA, Commissioner Siim Kallis, and Mr Baldwin,The (then)Director Aviation and international transport affairs at the EC,had left no doubt that:
“Sadly, by the increasingly apparent attempts to duck the question it gets ever clearer that the health risk for children, infants, and the foetus, have never been considered by any regulatory authority.”
Given the foregoing I would bring to your attention:
- The very pertinent letter from Professor Vyvyan Howard, to Dr J M Cranmer Editor in Chief, NeuroToxicology,dated 10 December 2014.
- Professor Clem Furlong’s paper, especially section 7.2:
“The issue of the disruption of gene expression, especially in the brain, by TAP exposures is another crucial area of research that needs to be examined. It is highly undesirable to disrupt the brain metabolism of pilots who are responsible for the safety of the aircrew and passengers; clearly, it is undesirable to disrupt the brain metabolism of any occupants of an aircraft. It is known that exposure to OP insecticides disrupts gene expression in mouse brain
I do hope the foregoing continues to help in your deliberations. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can further assist.