How contaminated AIR in planes could be causing long-term health problems
The circulated air in planes could be causing more problems than previously thought.
Certain issues such as peanut allergies can cause issues for those who are allergic.
However, it has now emerged that contaminated air in planes could be causing long-term health problems.
Frequent fliers could be suffering without even realising.
A Study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that it can be causing both short-term and long-term effects on fliers.
Researchers who carried out the study at the University of Sterling found a ‘clear link’ when comparing travellers exposed to plane air and those who reported health problems.
It looked at over 20 cabin crew who had been exposed, with symptoms including headaches, dizziness and breathing issues.
The air on a plane can become contaminated due to various reasons such as engine oil and aircraft liquids and substances.
The report also shows that 65 per cent of pilots reported health problems after breathing contaminated air, with 93 per cent of oil leak incidents also leading to problems within air crew.
Dr Susan Michaelis who was part of the study, stated: “This research provides very significant findings relevant to all aircraft workers and passengers globally.
“There is a clear cause-and-effect relationship linking health effects to a design feature that allows the aircraft air supply to become contaminated by engine oils and other fluids in normal flight.”
However, it can be changed. Dr Michaelis goes on to explain: “They need to stop delivering air directly off the engine, unfiltered. They have the technology – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is doing it already. “