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Mystery surrounds an unknown illness which has spread though a passenger jet and forced it to turn round. Up to seven of 13 crew members and "many passengers" were struck down with the strange disease - but at this stage no one knows what it is.
Can anyone be affected?
Yes. The toxins attack the central nervous system (including the brain). It’s not easy to predict how different exposures may affect different people, due to the genetic variability of individuals. Hence, one person’s body may have less success than another’s at detoxifying contaminants and so be affected after just one flight, whilst others may be unaffected after years of exposure. Depending on detoxifying efficiency, the adverse health effects may be cumulative. Therefore, anyone frequently flying (which means once or more a week) is repeatedly exposed and is therefore especially at risk.
Even after a serious fume event, it is possible that no symptoms show initially, but a few days later ill health associated with Aerotoxic Syndrome may kick in.
Anyone in the aircraft can potentially be affected, whether pilots, cabin crew/flight attendants, passengers, first class, economy, minors etc.
Airlines provide no protection to passengers against fume events. Drop-down masks are not effective for removing contaminants. This is because the oxygen supplied by these masks is ONLY allowed to be used in the event of cabin decompression and supplies a maximum of 20 minutes of oxygen, which is mixed with contaminated cabin air.
Activated carbon face masks can offer some protection from toxic oil fumes, but can never provide 100% protection.
Depending on detoxifying efficiency, the adverse health effects may be cumulative. Therefore, anyone frequently flying (which means once or more a week) is repeatedly exposed and is therefore especially at risk.
originally posted by: Pyle
I wonder if they all had water or coffee... I also wonder when the last potable water test was done.
I would bet Zaphod is right, seems too sudden of an onset then E coli. or other water based illness.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: crazyewok
They were only 2 1/2 hours into the flight. They said the flight attendants went down first, then the first passengers.
That would be consistent with a Bleed Air leak. If the crew had been exposed on previous flights and built up toxicity they'd succumb faster.