- Created: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 11:04
I just wanted to comment on your article about toxic fumes on BA flights, you say there is no mention of whether passengers are affected too.
Unfortunately they are. I was a Cabin Service Director with British Airways on longhaul 747, 777 and 767 aircraft and I was ill health retired in 2009 with a written diagnosis of Aerotoxic Syndrome.
I have written a handout to help inform passengers of the situation, it's available free on my website www.toxicfreeairlines.com
Don't be too hard on the crew - many are suffering terrible health issues and they are also not treated with respect by their employer. On the website you can read some of the comments from over 1,000 health surveys from crew. When you get sick & lose your health you get bullied and threatened with the sack. You also get told that no-one else is suffering from health problems, it's only you complaining.
That was my motivation for starting the health survey, to find out how many others were feeling the same as me. The results were shocking, there is also a very high premature death rate amongst BA crew. Since I started keeping note of the names on the obituary board there have been nearly 100 deaths, and these are just the ones I get to hear about. Richard & Karen made the news because they were both pilots and both taking legal action but many others have also passed away, some of them extremely young.
My advice is only fly on the 787, as it's the only aircraft that doesn't use bleed air. If you must fly on any other aircraft type make sure you have a mask to wear, especially during engine start up, taxi, take off, climb & descent.
Airlines do not care about their crew, they are disposable so it is passengers who will drive the change. Refuse to part with your money until they can guarantee you will not be poisoned by contaminated cabin air.