Cabin Air Safety Act

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Senator Richard Blumenthal proposed new legislation to be added to the ever expanding FAA Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act in an effort to protect airline travelers in his amendment titled the Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights. This amendment defines and expands the rights provided to passengers and ensures tougher oversight of the airline industry. The bill proposes to prohibit airlines from forcing passengers to surrender seats involuntarily while limiting the use of police. It requires airlines to refund tickets as well as compensate travelers for excessive delays and cancellations.The goal of the bill is to protect basic human rights on planes with regard to water, food, and restroom access. This new amendment covered the main issue passengers were aware of in aviation such as Denied Boardings and Passenger Removal issues which went viral around the world after the United Airlines incident. However, there were several more serious issues that passengers were not informed or educated about during an airline flight. This is in regards to the long hidden and denied issue of Contaminated Cabin Air as well as the many serious debilitating health issues that prolonged and residual accumulative exposures create in Pilots, Flight Attendants and Passengers.

This was the initiating force that finally caused the Senator to press forward on one other additional amendment this week. His final addition is called the Cabin Air Safety Act which was created to ensure safe cabin air during an airline flight for both passengers and crew. This addresses a long known about a condition which has secretly plagued the airline industry for over 60 years.

The air contamination events onboard the aircraft are known as,”Fume Events.” Acute and /or chronic exposure can lead to a health condition diagnosis known as,”Aerotoxic Syndrome” in Europe or “Organophosphate Poisoning” in the US. It affects the central nervous system (CNS), the brain, lungs, and heart. It also creates severe spin off health conditions such as, OPIDN or OPICN, encephalitis, reactive airways dysfunction of the lungs, catecholamine mediated myocarditis or the heart,  central nervous system damage, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), esophageal dysphagia and basal cell carcinoma, just to name a few. The symptoms include everything from chronic respiratory distress, neurological impairment which looks much like Parkinson’s where the person has seizures, body tremors, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, mobility problems, cognitive brain impairments, incapacitation, loss of consciousness and in the worst case life threatening cardiac heart conditions which have resulted in permanent disabilities and eventually death.

Many passengers may feel that, “Oh since I only fly once or twice a year then this isn’t about me.”  Well, let me tell you why you should care. Many may have wondered about these multiple flights that have crashed over the years. These incidents each caused a total loss of all life onboard due to quote “Pilot Error” or due to a so called “Clinically Depressed Suicidal Pilot” at the controls. As a passenger you may take a flight, come onboard and have so called, “Air Sickness” and come home with several days of so called, “Jet Lag.”  What if none of these things actually really ever existed ?  What if this was just an over 60 year lie that has been perpetuated by Airline Management, Aviation Lobbyists, Corrupted Union Leaders and Aircraft Manufacturers ?  Well, that is exactly what many of us have known for the past 60 years but nobody has ever listened until now. These are just signs of what we call, the “Canary in the Cabin.” When an aircraft starts having frequent events on every flight in one or two sections of the aircraft, then a full blown Fume Event is not far behind.

This is why you need to care since your Pilot could become confused and disoriented during flight from visible or invisible fumes. These fumes could cause him to fall unconscious and become fully incapacitated while at the controls taking a total loss of life with all onboard. This is why we need your support and your voice today. Senator Blumenthal has introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act. This was over 7 years after the US Senate passed an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- Calif.) on Mar 22, 2010. Senator Feinstein’s amendment required the FAA to conduct a study of air quality in the cabins of US airliners. The amendment was designed to ensure that the FAA has the information it needs to protect the public from harmful toxins in ventilation systems on commercial aircraft. Senator Feinstein’s amendment was included in the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. It required the FAA to complete a study of cabin air quality within one year. Second, the amendment provided the FAA with authority to mandate that airlines allow air quality monitoring on their aircraft for purposes of the study.

This amendment was necessary because the air in the passenger cabin is a mixture of recirculated cabin air and fresh air that is compressed in the airplane engine. Sometimes the air you breathe on an airplane gets contaminated with engine oils or hydraulic fluids that get heated to very high temperatures, often appearing as a smelly haze or smoke. That haze or smoke that enters the cabin air is a toxic soup and can contain carbon monoxide gas as well as chemicals called “Tricresyl organophosphates (TCPs) that can damage your nervous system, brain, lungs, and heart. It can create severe chronic health complications such as Aerotoxic Syndrome of the brain, Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome of the lungs and Myocarditis of the heart. Exposure to TCPs can initially cause stomach aches, violent regurgitation, burning skin, respiratory distress, muscle weakness, disorientation, dizziness followed by delayed memory loss, body tremors, confusion and many other chronic often permanent incurable symptoms. This is why it has been referred to often as, the “Asbestos of the Airline Industry.”

Exposure to this and other air toxins in cabin air is a serious matter. It has now been over seven years since this amendment. As that time has passed there are now over 250,000 Aerotoxic Syndrome victims and counting worldwide who are either in treatment, disabled or dead, ie: Richard Westgate from fume events. We are now demanding your attention to respond to a call for action to move this from the token research phase. We are requesting your support for a first ever comprehensive Cabin Air Quality Bill for immediate vote and implementation. We would like to thank Senator Blumenthal for including Fume Event Flight Attendant and Pilot Training, New Cockpit Reporting Guidelines and Onboard Carbon Monoxide Chemical Sensor Detectors in the initial draft of his amendment. However, this legislation would also need to minimally include:

1) All bleed aircraft currently in service need to be retrofitted with the Pall Cabin Air filtration devices.

2) The Chemical Sensor Detectors for Carbon Monoxide would also need to be able to detect VOCs which are for Volatile Organic Compounds such as the TCP Tricresyl Phosphate and Beta Naphthylamine.

3) A re-establishment of pre-deregulation maintenance standards on C-Check, Engine Overhaul and most importantly mandatory Wet Seal Engine replacement required at 5,000 flight hours as it was previously instead of the dangerous toxic 30,000 or more flight hours it is today.

4) require future aircraft models at Boeing and Airbus to return to the clean non-bleed air model technology that is currently being utilized in the Boeing B787 Dreamliner and the new delivery bleed free option of the Airbus A320.

If you have not done so already, then please print, sign and mail or fax the letter from this posting. We need to show our numbers that this issue matters to us. The Aviation Lobby from Airbus and Boeing are making their oppositions heard to the Senator. So we need to have an equally loud voice on this important issue. We all need to show our support for the Cabin Air Quality amendment that he has proposed, as well as the need for him to include these other three most important parts of the amendment.

Thank you for your prompt attention and support for this important legislation that affects us all.

Please mail or fax your letter to this address below:

Senator Richard Blumenthal
Transportation Aviation Subcommittee
Cabin Air Quality Amendment
Passenger Bill of Rights
706 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
tel (202) 224-2823
fax (202) 224-9673

Sample Letter here:
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6 thoughts on “Cabin Air Safety Act

  1. I wonder if the carbon monoxide detectors are even able to pick up the other chemicals? Carbon monoxide is probably always circulating inside the airplane, and that is why people get sleepy while flying. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, no smell and removes oxygen from your blood stream, pretty sure that is the affect.

    Plus the fuel may first make you sleepy, but then when you get too much of it you start getting all the physical ailments. It is so amazing to me what your cardiologist experienced in India, all those people who have your symptoms. So pesticides are in airplane fuel, or is it the chemtrail crap combining which flows into the air system? Something is really weird about all this similarity of symptoms.

    The common denonmenator is petroleum, petroleum fuel, petroleum in pesticides, and fertilizers. Is petroleum just plain deadly? Having the attached garage experience in a hot place like Vegas is starting to make me think so. Ignorance is not bliss, but misery and illness which leads to poverty. Let us find a solution to all this unnecessary suffering.

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    1. Carbon Monoxide as awful as it is just happens be the least of our problems. It is one of the components in the mix so if they find Carbon Monoxide then the others are most likely there as well. Yet, I would prefer a detector for VOCs instead. Crew members have severe symptoms following Fume Eventa from the hydrolyzed jet fuel and oil lubricants with the TCP Tricresyl Phosphate and Beta Naphthylamin poisoning. Those same crew that took the time for a Carbon Monoxide blood test all typically showed high toxic levels of Carbon Monoxide in the blood as well. The reason this should not be just a Carbon Monoxide detector is because you can recover from Carbon Monoxide after a couple of days. However, some people do not recover from VOCs like TCP and Beta Naphthylamin. They may bounce back from one or two exposures but the damage to the cells does not go away. As they obtain more low dose residual or more heavy Fume Events, then these cell receptors reactivate their memory of the poison. These reactivations can often generate devastating chronic permanent symptoms. As this progresses with the receptors and enough continues to activate, then it creates permanently disabled crew and even death in those who keep flying once cardiac symptoms appear. Considering that the effects of VOCs is chronic illness, disability, loss of career, incapcitation while flying the aircraft and even death. Then there is no reason whatsoever to simply settle for the least dangerous Carbon Monoxide detector when we need VOC detection. Once again I hope we will get it right this time. I truly hope this is not just more posing and pretending by Unions, Legislators and Airlines to just look like they are doing something. We need a real solution this time. It has been going on for over 60 years. It is time to fix this for once and for all. Not just placing a Bandaid on a Cancer.

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  2. ITS ABOUT TIME. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. RETIRED AIRLINE PILOT B747 FOR PAN AM AND UNITED AIRLINES. WE HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THIS FOR YEARS BUT FELL ON DEAF EARS ( AIRLINES AND GOVERNMENT.) ANOTHER THING IS RADATION AT HIGH ALTITUDE AND TIME.

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    1. Yes I totally agree Bob. I used to fly Narita from SFO at United. There were so many Pilots with Skin Cancer and Female Flight Attendants with Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer after flying those routes for years. We submitted many Cosmic Radiation studies to management back then. Yet, we never heard anything but crickets. So hopefully this will open that door as well. It only took us 60 years to get Contaminated Cabin Air acknowledged. Hopefully, Cosmic Radiation will come next.

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