CONTAMINATED AIR MEDIA
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
When the air you breathe on an aircraft is contaminated with jet engine oils, you will be exposed to hundreds of different chemicals including carcinogenic and neurotoxic compounds such as organophosphates.
These exposures have caused pilots and flight attendants to be impaired and even incapacitated in flight and passengers to experience long-term ill health.
Aircraft currently have no form of detection system to warn when these events occur and airlines do not inform passengers when they have been exposed.
Tristan Loraine is a former British Airways Captain - ill health retired as a consequence of repeated exposure to contaminated air on the aircraft he flew. He is a former National Executive Council and Health and Safety representative for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). He initiated the 2005 BALPA conference on the issue of contaminated air on aircraft and was a co-chairman of the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE) from its inception in 2006 until 2016.
Tristan has investigated the issue for over 15 years. He initiated the ongoing University of Washington research project to develop a blood test to prove exposure to the toxic aryl phosphates present in synthetic jet engine oils. He has extensively briefed scientists, regulators, airlines, aerospace companies, unions and politicians on the contaminated air issue.
In 2015, Tristan was awarded, by the British people, a British Citizen Award for Services to Industry (BCAi) for his work on this issue to date.
Tristan has given interviews to CNN, BBC, RT, Al Jazeera, ITV, BBC Panorama, 60 Minutes and numerous other press and media organisations over the last 15 years and is seen as a leading expert on the subject.
Despite his and the efforts of others, the aerospace industry mostly remains in a position of denial and inaction. Passengers continue to face the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals on aircraft and are never told when they have been exposed, chemicals clearly stated as being a risk to the unborn. Although crews have been incapacitated and impaired from exposure to contaminated air, flight safety continues to be compromised as aircraft still have no form of contaminated air detection systems despite leading air accident investigation teams recommending they be fitted.
An educational brochure explaining the issue of contaminated air can be downloaded here.
RT: Going Underground
BBC South Today
Airbus' Position 2014
60 Minutes Australia: Toxic Flyer
60 Minutes Australia: Extended Interview
A Dark Reflection - What do the public think?
Tristan Loraine receives a British Citizen Award 2015
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