Turns out the air in the plane’s cabin may be more than just stuffy.
that, "Leaks in the seals that keep engine oil in place could cause chemically laden fumes to enter the air stream, said William Nazaroff, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Berkeley. 'A specific chemical of concern is tricresyl phosphate,' he said, a chemical compound used in nerve agents and pesticides. 'Historically, there have been some neurotoxic health consequences from high human exposures to [tricresyl phosphate].'"
But how often are passengers exposed to fumes like tricresyl phosphate? "The Committee on Toxicity in the United Kingdom, a group made up of independent experts who advise government agencies, said in September 2007 that pilots reported events in 1 percent of flights and that maintenance inspected and confirmed incidents in 0.05 percent of flights," CNN reported
That doesn't sound like much, but consider this: On a given day there are more than 28,000 commercial flights
in the United States. That means that as many as 14 of them have this nasty air problem… every day. Yikes.
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