Cabin Air Toxicity
Chris Timco is a member of the GCAQE (Global Clean Air Quality Executive) and has created a website called Fumeevents.com
Why is there a warning about people getting sick from fume events on my website?
Everyone should be aware of fume events regardless of what industry or lifestyle.
It's my obligation for others to know, and I encourage you to do the same.
Perhaps you were in the industry to get travel perks, but a fume event or some other reason has caused you to leave the industry. My travel site you are on now could be your alternative to get those perks back.
Fume Events on Aircraft Health Effects
SHORT TERM HEALTH EFFECTS
- Neurotoxic symptoms: blurred or tunnel vision, nystagmus, disorientation, shaking and tremors, loss of balance and vertigo, seizures, loss of consciousness, parathesias;
- Neuropsychological or psychotoxic symtoms: memory impairment, headache, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion and feeling intoxicated;
- Gastro-intestinal symptoms: nausea, vomiting;
- Respiratory symptoms: cough, breathing difficulties (shortness of breath), tightness in chest, respiratory failure requiring oxygen;
- Cardiovascular symptoms: increased heart rate and palpitations;
- Irritation of eyes, nose and upper airways.
- Other symptoms are being reported by crew and passengers
LONG TERM HEALTH EFFECTS
- Neurotoxic symptoms: numbness (fingers, lips, limbs), parathesias;
- Neuropsychological or psychotoxic symptoms: memory impairment, forgetfulness, lack of coordination, severe headaches, dizziness balance, sleep disorders;
- Gastro-intestinal symptoms: salivation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea;
- Respiratory symptoms: breathing difficulties (shortness of breath), tightness in chest, respiratory failure, susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections;
- Cardiovascular symptoms: chest pain, increased heart rate and palpitations;
- Skin symptoms: skin itching and rashes, skin blisters (on uncovered body parts), hair loss;
- Irritation of eyes, nose and upper airways;
- Sensitivity: signs of immunosuppression, chemical sensitivity leading to acquired or multiple chemical sensitivity
- General: weakness and fatigue (leading to chronic fatigue), exhaustion, hot flashes, joint pain, muscle weakness and pain.