Boeing Settles Toxic Airplane Air Lawsuit

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Boeing just settled a toxic airplane air lawsuit with a former flight attendant who alleged she was exposed to toxic cabin fumes. The lawsuit has set off fears that other passengers could be breathing bad air, said The Daily Mail.

Terry Williams, 42, a married mother of two, said the one incident has changed her life, causing long-term, even permanent symptoms after toxic smoke and oil fumes leaked into the American Airlines cabin in a flight from Memphis to Dallas, said The Daily Mail. The leak occurred as the plane taxied to the gate and allegedly left Mrs. Williams with memory loss, tremors, and impairments to her speech and sight.

Mrs. Williams said that, during Flight 843, she suffered from watery eyes, a tightening throat, coughing, and a headache that persists today. Today she also continues to suffer from—in addition to headaches—coughing fits; asthma; sore throat; shaking; nausea; fatigue; balance loss; numbness; and hand, arm, shoulder, and feet tingling, said The Daily Mail. The memory loss has diminished her ability to engage or complete previously normal routine activities. All of these symptoms are consistent with her diagnosis of neurotoxic disorder as a result of toxic fume exposure, said the Daily Mail.

It is believed that exposure to cabin air produced by aircraft bleed air systems can  lead to Aerotoxic Syndrome.  Bleed air systems are typically used during flight to recirculate air and generally work by drawing air in he compressed supply in the engines.  his so-called “bleed air” is mixed with cabin air and recirculated during passage. Unfortunetly, this system won’t  remove  all engine fumes and vapors.  If a  malfunction occurs, toxic airplane cabin air can result.

The Aerotoxic Association says Aerotoxic Syndrome can cause  short-term nausea, light-headedness, and breathing issues.  But long-tem exposure can cause neurological damage.  Unfortunately, the disorder can be misdiagnoses as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, “mysterious” viral infections, sleep disorders, depression, stress, or anxiety, the Aerotoxic Association says.

Airline crews say faulty ‘bleed-air’ systems have led to health issues as far back as the 1950s, costing some pilots their jobs and noting that passengers can be placed in danger if a pilot suffers from aerotoxicity problems such as sleepiness, disorientation, and memory loss, noted The Daily Mail. According to experts, at least one of the 28,000 flights made each day will be affected by toxic fumes. U.S. Airways captain Mick Fowler, who gave evidence in the Williams case, said he suffered “fatigue and wooziness and grogginess” during a “fume incident” when he was landing a Boeing 767. He landed safely last January, but pointed out, “It’s not an experience that I would like to repeat at all,” according to The Daily Mail.