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Who’s Afraid of the Air on British Airways? 

Who’s Afraid of the Air on British Airways? 
Jackie Reddy

A pilot with British Airways is said to have become violently ill after the air in the cockpit of a recent flight from Amsterdam to London filled with toxic fumes. This is reportedly one of the latest of many such incidents reported in 2019 by the airline. Some have called for an inquiry into these events.

A British Airways (BA) pilot is said to have become violently ill after the air in the cockpit became contaminated with noxious fumes, The Sun reports. The incident occurred earlier last week on a flight bound for London Gatwick Airport (LGW) from Amsterdam. The outlet reports that the flight’s cabin crew chief was also taken ill during the same incident.

This incident is just one of many toxic air events that have occurred across the airline’s network since the start of 2019. Speaking to the outlet, an unidentified source at British Airways said, “Some cabin crew are scared to go to work. Fume events are the talk of the restrooms and hotels during stopovers.”

Earlier this year, Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, called for a public inquiry into these kinds of incidents. “Far too often fume events like these go unreported and are brushed under the carpet by the airline industry…The airline industry cannot continue to hide from the issue of toxic cabin air whilst placing the health and safety of aircrew at risk,” said Howard Beckett, Unite’s assistant general secretary for legal affairs in a statement in August.

As FlyerTalk‘s Joe Cortez recently reported, toxic fumes in the cabin are also a matter of concern on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks to the Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019, Congress now appears to be getting involved in monitoring and mitigating these kinds of toxic fume events.

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