The problem is invisible, yet worrying: polluted cabin air in the aircraft. The so-called “Fume Events” are often associated with health problems – pilots and flight attendants are now increasingly trying to draw attention to this topic.
More and more affected people are mobilzing (and voicing their concerns): Among many others,former pilot Markus Fenzel, who has been unfit to fly since a fume event and has been fighting in court for five years to have his complaints recognised as an accident at work and as an occupational diseases. Also flight attendant Kerstin Konrad who has become an activist in the matter of fume events since she experienced a total of four fume events in 2013 and as a result has suffered permanent health damages, which leave her unfit to fly.
Together with other affected people, she has organised several petitions and demonstrations, most recently in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin at the beginning of last September. The growing pressure is not passing by the aviation industry without leaving its mark; BdL spokeswoman Claudia Nehring asserts: “We have a great interest in gaining further insight in this matter. Simply because the safety and health of crews and passengers is our top priority.” According to ‘Stern’ magazine, the industry is already working on a solution. For example, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing does not use bleed air from the engines of its latest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787: Instead, the cabin air is drawn in at special points on the wings. Other airlines represented by the BdL are also running test series with filter systems and sensors – but it will be another two years before these results can be evaluated. And a new study commissioned by the European Commission, in which the industry is involved, will also address this issue – however, these results are not expected for another three years.(source) READ ORIGINAL HERE
author©Sophie Kausch / Ohmymag
translation excerpt: Bearnairdine Beaumont / Aerotoxic Team