Air passengers and cabin crew could have grounds for personal injury claims due to cabin air contamination

German researchers have found that traces of potentially dangerous toxins made their way into the bodies of both air passengers and cabin crew in the aftermath of undertaking dedicated blood and urine tests in recent weeks. And more importantly these chemicals were unwittingly ingested by those in flight via contaminated cabin air.

This unsettling discovery was made by a team at the University of Gottingen according to various news sources running this story of late, who set about carrying out a series of medical examinations on 140 patients, a significant number of whom were cabin crew.

The results proved that traces of organophosphates along with what was described as volatile organic compounds were highlighted in blood and urine samples received, clearly suggesting that exposure to these contaminates happened during flights.

The culprits cited as being the most likely to blame for providing the raw ingredients for these subsequent compounds to manifest and prosper within these conditions said to be engine fuel, oils and antifreeze; which have obviously somehow penetrated the cabin’s air supply between take-off and landing.

Health symptoms which can be triggered by such exposure include nausea and light-headedness primarily, with organophosphate compounds known to target the nervous system, circulation and airways. Of course fears about what experts have dubbed ‘aerotoxic syndrome’ have risen of late with news that a London to Los Angeles-bound flight was forced into making an emergency landing in the direct aftermath of a number of passengers and crew members reporting being unwell; leading to one of the cabin staff fainting.

German Study Establishes Presence of Potentially Health-compromising Toxins in Cabin Air Space after Recent Scheduled Flights

The subject of contaminated cabin air is therefore high on a lot of agendas right now, despite assurances about the quality of cabin air being perfectly safe reiterated by the Civil Aviation Authority. Indeed, the CAA has gone on record as stressing that these so-called ‘fume events’ remain isolated to counter public concerns.

Personal injury lawyers point to a lack of official guidelines on the topic, identifying just what constitutes a ‘safe’ level of exposure in relation to both passengers and cabin crew during flights, and have called for some uniformed facts and figures to be made available to help determine what is medically safe, in terms of contamination, and what’s not.

Naturally from a personal injury claims stance, a whole can of worms could, potentially be opened if it’s widely believed (and proven) that passenger and staff health is being put in at risk during flights, so it’s in everyone’s best interests to establish benchmarks which will help put a lot of minds at rest going forward.

One leading personal injury lawyer invited the passenger airline industry to address the pressing issue of aerotoxic syndrome (in all of its perceived forms) and conduct its own research to appease (as it currently stands) justifiably worried parties. They added; “The passenger airline industry must acknowledge the findings of this latest (German) research and a thorough investigation is urgently needed to establish how cabin crew, pilots and passengers can be better protected from the risks of exposure to contaminated cabin air.”

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