What is aerotoxic syndrome? (telegraph.co.uk)

February 24, 2015

By Camilla Turner

It is an illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in aircraft – known as a “fume event”.

Commercial passenger jets have a system that compresses air from its engines and uses it to pressurise the cabin. However, this can malfunction, causing excess oil particles to enter the supply.

The term “aerotoxic syndrome” was coined in 2001 by Dr Harry Hoffman, a former US Navy flight surgeon, Prof Chris Winder, a toxicologist at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Jean Christophe Balouet, a French environmental forensics expert.

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