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Don't Let American Pilots Die From Cabin Fumes!

Health & Wellness  (tags: British Airway Pilots, died, toxic fumes, warning, cabin fumes, prevention, petition )

- 1873 days ago -
Eight years ago, British Airways pilot Karen Lysakowska hung up her wings due to ill health. She begged management to look into the issue of fumes in the cockpit, which she felt may have made her sick. Lysakowska even considered legal action, but she.....

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Barb K (1684)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:01 am
Please sign my petition urging President Obama not to let American pilots die from breathing cabin fumes!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:06 am
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I never thought of this and see how it is a troubling situation. Signed it.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:10 am
Most definitely noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Great job Barb!

Elizabeth O (94)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:23 am

Lydia S (155)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:32 am
Signed, Thanks so much .

Bartlomiej T (296)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:41 am
Signed. Thank you Barb

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:41 am
S & N, thanks, Sweetie, I didn't even know there was such a problem. Hope they get it fixed immediately.

Dee C (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:45 am
Signed & noted Barb and thank you for putting it together and fighting for it..

Dee C (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:54 am
Also shared in some groups..

Christeen Anderson (376)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:57 am

Cher C (1430)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:04 am

thnx sweetie!!!


Carol H (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:08 am
signed and noted

Erin R (181)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:17 am
n & s

Thank you, Barb!

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:40 am
Gladly Noted and Signed Barb.Thank you for posting this as I was unaware.

Barb K (1684)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:52 am
This was my comment to our President:
President Obama, please ensure that every American plane is inspected throughly; not just once, but repeatedly until all gas leaks are found and repaired.

. (1)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:03 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Barb.

David C (151)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:08 pm
I signed....this is very important.....

Florence Eaise (132)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:16 pm
I never knew this thanks so much Barb fantastic petition gladly signed tweeted and shared on Fb thanks Barb youre the best ; )

Danny M (83)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:29 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you Barb! :)

Emma S (239)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:15 pm
Done! Thanks, Barb - hope all's well with you.

Ann P (17)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:25 pm
Noted and signed. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

penny C (85)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:11 pm
Thanks Barb.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:33 pm
I suggest EVERYONE read this. It not only pertains to pilots but to the passengers as well.
About Aerotoxic Syndrome

The toxins attack the central nervous system (including the brain). Itís not easy to predict how different exposures may affect different people, due to the genetic variability of individuals. Hence, one personís body may have less success than anotherís at detoxifying contaminants and so be affected after just one flight, whilst others may be unaffected after years of exposure.

Anyone in the aircraft can potentially be affected, whether pilots, cabin crew, passengers, first class, economy, etc.

Airlines provide no protection to passengers against fume events. The drop-down masks available for use following loss of cabin pressure are designed to supplement oxygen and are not effective for removing contaminants.

Symptoms may be acute, i.e. for a short time or chronic, i.e. long-lasting.

Any combination of the following may be experienced:

Fatigue Ė feeling exhausted, even after sleep
Blurred or tunnel vision
Shaking and tremors
Loss of balance and vertigo
Loss of consciousness
Memory impairment
Light-headedness, dizziness
Confusion / cognitive problems
Feeling intoxicated
Breathing difficulties (shortness of breath)
Tightness in chest
Respiratory failure requiring oxygen
Increased heart rate and palpitations
Irritation of eyes, nose and upper airways

Gee just what we need, pilots who might be flying the plane and obtaining any of the above symptoms.

This has been known for years......

The first well-documented case was of a C-130 Hercules navigator becoming incapacitated after breathing contaminated cabin air in 1977. The neurotoxic properties of organophosphates have been known about since before the Second World War. The toxicity of heated jet oil was demonstrated in the 1950s.

Yet is allowed to continue on.....profit over people as usual.

Numerous independent scientific studies have produced clear evidence of contaminated cabin air being the cause of chronic health problems. On the other hand, various governments and regulatory authorities have commissioned research, which, while admitting association (between contaminated cabin air and chronic health problems) have typically stopped short of admitting causation. The aviation industry has tended to use the latter set of research (despite its often dubious scientific quality) to deny the existence of the problem, while ignoring the evidence of the independent studies.

Doubtless mindful of the apparent expense of addressing the issue, industry seems to have chosen to ignore or deny the problem.

Until now this has been a sustainable strategy because few aircrew, doctors or passengers are aware of the existence of aerotoxicity.


Fran SiteIssues F (118)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:21 pm
BarbCat, thanks for bringing this deadly problem to our attention, and Dandelion, thanks for the background on Aerotoxic Syndrome! Suppression of this information should be prosecuted! Signed and noted.

Ellen G (325)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:39 pm

Michael Carney (218)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:58 pm
Noted, and signed...

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:21 pm
Noted and signed

Barb K (1684)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:37 pm
Dadelion, Thank you SO MUCH for the added info!! I was going to try to work it in to the petition but did not know how to. Yes, this DOES EFFECT PASSENGERS TOO!! I MUST PUT UP A HUGE HEDGE OF PROTECTION for my pilot boyfriend & his crew!! Thank you ALL for signing and commenting!! Please help me get MORE signatures by fwd your comments to ALL your CONTACTS!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:48 pm
Noted & Signed . Thanks BarbCat .

Carol D (346)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:16 am
This is scary! It's the first time I ever heard of this! Makes me wonder about the passengers too! That air circulates all over the planes! Oh..I just happened to read your message above about the passengers. Thanks for that info Sheryl!! This is something that needs to be addressed and soon!! Great article...thanks Barb!

Debbie Crowe (87)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:16 am
Petition signed and shared on Facebook and in e-mails!!
I wrote a comment on the petition, but it is gone for some reason!
I wrote:
How can a pilot think straight when he/she is sick from the fumes??? That makes me afraid to fly at all...

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:52 am
Wow! I wonder how many frequent flyers are going to go nuts when they find this out?
Signed, shared and tweeted ..great job BarbCat!

Carol Bischoff (409)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:19 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Barb xxx

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:38 am
Dying from cabin fumes sounds like no fun.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:34 am
I just placed a story on about this to gain more attention as this is so important and I'm sure most people are not aware of this, I know I wasn't. Remember this will also affect any animal being transported in the aircraft as well.

There is also an additional petition to this on the first comment on the thread.
Further Information on this subject and Additional Petition

divergent r (309)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
so signed,my significant other is a pilot

Lisa Neste (206)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:05 pm
Lisa, You signed on February 1, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Obama

Rose Becke (141)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:32 pm
Signed Barbcat

Mike M (43)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:27 pm

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:28 pm
Thanks Barbcat for putting this out, it IS important. However,-hate to tell you but should- I will not sign this until those fantasy /fake signatures are REMOVED, that includes your own and a few others, such as Sheryl.
We have here in C2 discussed this eloquently; anything other than OUR REAL NAMES will INVALIDATE the entire petition, unless those names are removed. And how would anyone-particularly THE PRESIDENT-take a petition serious that has fantasy names as signatures!!??

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:11 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Barb.

Susanne R (234)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:56 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you, BarbCat and Dandelion!

Jocelyn Koopmann (56)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:49 am
TY Barbcat. Noted, signed, also posted on Face Book. TY to U 2 Sheryl

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:56 am
Signed,thanks Barb.

P A (117)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:10 am
Thanks Dandelion and BarbCat - you'd think the 30,000 pilots grounded because of this condition would be signing the AVAAZ petition too - I was 453 I think! Typical of the airline to ignore this!

Pat B (356)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:20 am
Thanks Barb, for this. Very important issue to be aware of. Thanks, for the 'heads up' of the syndrome, Dandelion. Signed.

Edwin M (346)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:37 am
Signed thanks Barb

lee e (114)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:52 am
Signed both - thanks!

Ann L (15)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:35 am
Signed. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:04 pm
Armand, You signed on February 2, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Obama
Thanks Barb. I was a pilot many years ago, but never for a commercial airline. My last job required me to fly a lot (as a passenger) but I am glad to be retired more flying, no TSA.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:33 pm
Signed. Thanks so much for posting, Barb!...and Dandelion for the link.
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send a green star to BarbCat since I previously sent one in the past week.

Bianca D (87)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:04 pm
Horrible to think they are exposed to all those toxins!
Signed & noted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:12 am
Olivia, You signed on February 1, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Obama
thanks Barb

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:23 pm
Signed, noted and shared on FB

Liliana D (125)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:56 am
I agree with Angelika, she is absolutely right. However I signed.

. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:04 pm
Signed and thanks for the links Dandelion.

Wolf LuvR (120)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 11:51 am
noted and signed, TY Barb

Melania P (122)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 1:48 pm

Lana Ravensky (105)
Friday March 1, 2013, 1:32 am

Melanie Brown (19)
Friday March 1, 2013, 3:31 pm
Signed for ya.

liz c (827)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 12:05 pm
glaldy signed and shared on FB

Russ S (52)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:13 pm
Russell, You signed on March 17, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Obama
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