Aerotoxic Syndrome – Is it Safe to Fly?

December 4, 2016

By Suzanne Maher

Aerotoxic Syndrome – Is it Safe to Fly?


Flight crew and passengers lives are at serious risk just by taking a plane flight. Aerotoxic Syndrome is the term given to the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft. Flight crew and pilots are now coming down with acute chemical poisoning which has been called “Aerotoxic Syndrome”.

The air circulated throughout the cabin which is passed through the jet engine is called “bleed air” and is neither filtered nor monitored. It can become contaminated with toxic oil from organophosphates which are in the same family as sarin gas.

Coupled with flying through chem-trials, and the spraying of the cabins with insecticide for aerial disinfection, you have a deadly toxic stew in very close confines.

There have been a number of downplayed deaths and disabilities reported from British Airways including pilot, Richard Westgate from Edinburgh who died at 43 after complaining he was being poisoned by toxic fumes on passenger planes. Westgate, from Edinburgh, suffered years of ill health including severe headaches, mental confusion, sight problems and insomnia before he died in December 2012 at the age of 43.

Records from the Civil Aviation Authority reveal that pilots and crew have to put on oxygen masks at least five times a week to combat suspected ‘fume events’.

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Aerotoxic Syndrome – Is it Safe to Fly?