Urgent medical research to help you, needs your support TODAY.
Did you know that the ventilation air you breathe during a regular commercial flight comes from the aircraft engines unfiltered? Hot compressed air is extracted from the engines, cooled, and then routed to the cabin and flight deck for passengers and crew to breathe. The fact that aircraft are designed this way matters because the oil that lubricates the aircraft engines sometimes leaks into the breathing air. So, when you are on an aircraft and smell the dirty socks or wet dog smell (classic descriptions of oil fumes), for example, chances are good that you are breathing engine oil fumes.
For six decades, the airline industry has known that these fumes can make people sick, but they have not installed filters or warning systems in the aircraft design. Instead they have buried the truth and try to discredit the people who get sick. And this matters because the toxins in the oil can cause very serious and long-lasting symptoms, including memory loss, fatigue, tingling in the hands and feet, headaches, breathing difficulties, and muscle pain. So, if this happens to you, what do you do?
Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle under the leadership of Professor Furlong are developing a blood test specific to a toxin in the oil fumes. Crews and passengers need this test. If you breathe toxic fumes during a flight and you get sick, you need to be able to prove it. And the industry needs to be motivated to clean up its act by changing the design and operation of these systems.
The research team in Seattle urgently needs our help – small donations from thousands of crews and passengers will enable the team to finish its work and develop a blood test that will benefit people who fly on aircraft all around the world. Please help – your donation, however small, will help the research team reach its goal. 100% of donations go directly to the research.
Frequently asked questions:
- Why do crews and passengers need to fund this work? Because industry will not do it and we need the ultimate proof – a blood test.
- Can I donate directly to the University? If you wish to donate over £5000 (US$7500) please contact us and we will supply you with the University banking details directly, smaller donations are being processed by donating via the Paypal links on this page to prevent the University being inundated with small donations.
- When will the work be finished? The sooner we get the necessary funding, the sooner it will be completed.
- Who has funded this work so far? A large selection of unions around the world and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
- Have the courts ever ruled on this? In 2010, the High Court of Australia after a sixteen year battle upheld a ruling that inhaling heated engine oil fumes is harmful.
- What will the blood test ultimately prove? It will prove an individual was exposed to the specific organophosphates used in synthetic jet engine oils, the same organophosphates frequently found in swab tests of the aircraft inside cabin walls. The blood test may also be able to identify time of exposure.
- Does every aircraft have the risk of these exposures? Yes every aircraft flying today with a pressurized aircraft cabin has this risk except for the advanced Boeing 787 which does not use air from the engines.
- How do I get more information on this issue? Read the GCAQE brochure on the issue. Also visit the Aerotoxic Association or the AEROTOXIC film websites.