What’s Aerotoxic syndrome, and have you experienced it while a passenger in a modern jet airliner?
Many flight crews, regardless of the airline, experience serious debilitating health problems from toxic air in the cockpit and cabin. Passengers, too!
Coincidentally, I know of a person who just about every time she flies, she comes down with bronchitis, infected sinuses, sore throat and/or other respiratory problems. Somehow I don’t think she’s able to make the connection between toxic airplane air and her subsequent health distresses occurring within a day of flying.
This article deals with a former KLM pilot and medical doctor, Michel Mulder, who began an in-depth investigation in 2013 into Aerotoxic syndrome, which affects airline pilots, crews and passengers. Mulder contends contaminated air flows through the engine into the cockpit and cabin. “Bleed-air” is causing the problem. Neurologist Dr. Gerard Hegaman contends the industry no longer can ignore the symptoms associated with Aerotoxic syndrome.
Dr. Hegaman ascertained that one KLM pilot, Willem Felderhof, has a genetic sensitivity or DNA mutation, something that also happens with—and affects—individuals who are sensitive to toxic chemicals in vaccines, microwaves, Wi-Fi and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and radiofrequencies (RFs) that those technologies produce: another modern syndrome, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
Numerous people globally are now Multiple Chemical Sensitives (MCS), which has been identified by the World Health Organization as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI) and encompasses what has been labeled “modern technology diseases” stemming from the corporate and technological push to introduce innovative products with no apparent regard for environmental and/or human health impacts. Furthermore, “consensus science” drives the accepted medical and corporate beliefs—not factual science studies—that chemicals and microwaves can do harm so, therefore, more research studies are needed!
Former KLM flight attendant Evelyn Van den Heuvel also claims suffering with the occupational disease associated with flying—Aerotoxic syndrome . Evelyn saw Dr. Hegaman, who confirmed her symptoms despite her healthful lifestyle.
KLM brought in Inspectorate Dr. Teake Pal of the Dutch Center for Occupational Diseases, who seemingly expresses the corporate party-line, i.e., denial and it’s a ‘mental issue’. Dr. Pal examined five KLM employees and came to the conclusion they don’t have an occupational disease. He contends mental conditioning may affect people’s attitudes about chemicals and fumes. Furthermore, the “concentrations are too low”. What? Isn’t that an admission those fumes are present in the cockpit and cabin? Furthermore, how can anyone determine another person’s capacity, or genetic disposition, to cope with toxins at whatever level(s) of pollution they appear? For some people, “too low” is not low enough!
Flight attendant Van den Heuvel proposed to KLM that she fly only on the Dreamliner, the Boeing 787  aircraft, which does not draw air from the engines. KLM denied her request and then fired her.
How many KLM crew members were—or are—compromised by Aerotoxic syndrome? How many employees has KLM come to an agreement with to settle health claims by using confidential and non-disclosure agreements, plus monetary payments?
Doctor Mulder wired Pilot Felderhof with medical monitoring devices and Felderhof tried flying again. By the time he landed in Rome November 12, 2013, he’d had it with being toxically compromised from the cockpit air. Metabolites of organophosphates and TCP, which is an ingredient in jet fuel, were found in Felderhof’s urine.
According to KLM, and per a court order to measure airliner air quality, KLM contended on 20 flights monitored, TCP levels were “exceedingly low”! However, there STILL were TCP levels detected! What don’t they get?
So what is TCP?
Tricresyl phosphate, abbreviated TCP, is an organophosphate compound that is used as a plasticizer and diverse other applications. It is a toxic substance that causes neuropathy through ingestion, and has been the cause of several mass poisonings in history. [….]
TCP is used as an additive in turbine engine oil and can potentially get into the airliner cabins via a bleed air “fume event“.  [CJF emphasis]
Are there any adverse health effects from organophosphate compounds?
According to Wikipedia,
Organophosphate poisoning is poisoning due to organophosphates (OPs). Organophosphates are used as insecticides, medications, and nerve agents. Symptoms include increased saliva and tear production, diarrhea, vomiting, small pupils, sweating, muscle tremors, and confusion. While onset of symptoms is often within minutes to hours, some symptoms can take weeks to appear. Symptoms can last for days to weeks. 
What is the most effective treatment for organophosphate poisoning? ATROPINE
Atropine can be used as an antidote in conjunction with pralidoxime or other pyridinium oximes (such as trimedoxime or obidoxime), though the use of “-oximes” has been found to be of no benefit, or possibly harmful, in at least two meta-analyses. Atropine is a muscarinic antagonist, and thus blocks the action of acetylcholine peripherally. These antidotes are effective at preventing lethality from OP poisoning, but current treatment lack the ability to prevent post-exposure incapacitation, performance deficits, or permanent brain damage. While the efficacy of atropine has been well-established, clinical experience with pralidoxime has led to widespread doubt about its efficacy in treatment of OP poisoning.
[CJF emphasis] 
By the way, readers may recall Atropine was in the “goody bags” given to the Persian Gulf War military personnel sent to fight.
In addition, D.O.D. documents indicate that the treatment regimen for U.S. troops during the Persian Gulf War may have included an inadequate dose of atropine. Therefore, even if Persian Gulf soldiers had been exposed to soman, it is questionable if the pyridostigmine pretreatment would have provided any protection…
KLM pilot Felderhof went on to “settle” with KLM by signing a confidential nondisclosure agreement which, basically, takes away his rights to discuss his health problems associated with Aerotoxic syndrome and what happened in dealings with KLM. That’s something that ought to be discouraged by the courts – confidentiality agreements – since they protect corporations from disclosures which should be made known as public safety information, i.e., “transparency.” Felderhof received 300,000€ (euros), which would amount to $355,590U.S. at today’s exchange rate.
No business pays out that kind of “hush money” unless it seriously wants to stifle word getting out and around as to what happened to the employee and how that employee was able to come to a settlement with the employer.
However, KLM is not the only airline to experience Aerotoxic syndrome with flight crew members.
EasyJet pilot Janet Bevan complains about problems with cockpit toxic air.
Listen to EasyJet pilots talk about how unsafe it is to fly while experiencing Aerotoxic syndrome. TCP, an organophosphate, was found in tests during flights, confirming TCP is gassed off as fumes into planes’ cockpits and cabins too!
Why did the three authors of the Cranfield study report (requested by British Department of Transport) refuse to participate in an inquiry and debate on the report findings, i.e., the specific findings were not applicable to an aircraft, but applicable to ground level buildings!
Another pilot, John Hoyte a former FlyBe employee, tells of the 2006 test/study he was involved in with about 27 pilots in London at UCL—University College London regarding Aerotoxic syndrome.
Chemicals affect the brain
Neuropsychologist Sara Mackenzie Ross specializes in how chemicals affect the brain. She states pilots reported they would feel unwell, incapacitated and found it difficult to retain air traffic control information—a definite on-the-job safety hazard! When they tested the complaining pilots, they found confirmation of their not functioning in particular areas—something you don’t want an airline pilot to experience while in control of a plane with hundreds of passengers on board. Listen carefully as to what Mackenzie Ross has to say about “ethical issues” being raised surrounding a study to ascertain the pilots’ health concerns.
EasyJet eventually installed an inflight air filtration system on board their planes! Interesting?
However, one hundred twenty-seven (127) toxic compounds were found during flights and appear in a database created by Chris Balouet at 22:02 minutes on the timeline for the above video.
Furthermore, four hundred sixty-three (463) air quality incidents had been reported since 2014, according to the Inspectorate. It seems airlines play a semantics game; they split hairs and differentiate between fume events versus “smell” events! Is that similar to comparing toxic organophosphate chemical fumes versus human gas flatulence (i.e., “farts”)?
Shouldn’t someone in law be questioning the product liability issues and involvement on the part of airplane manufacturers? Have any airline incidents occurred that may have resulted from Aerotoxic syndrome?
Why is the industry not concerned about short-term and long-term adverse health effects? Does anyone in the airline industry really want to find answers for suffering flight crews and passengers?
What does the confidentiality clause and agreement KLM pilot Willem Felderhof signed indicate regarding non-disclosure? Shouldn’t the facts, which determined why KLM “settled,” be public health and safety information, if pilots are compromised by toxic cockpit fumes?
Aerotoxic syndrome is the thousand pound gorilla in the room not recognized by the airline industry. That “ignore tactic” is similar to the non-thermal wave adverse health problems the microwave industry and tech firms also refuse to acknowledge. Such tactics mimic what Big Pharma has been able to pull off and get away with regarding vaccine damages.
However, before I end this, I think I should mention there are other factors also involved in flying commercial airliners, not just “bleed-air” pollution. Those factors, which can exacerbate Aerotoxic syndrome more seriously, and act as stressors or “triggers” include:
- Weather geoengineering plumes aka “chemtrails,” which contain very toxic chemicals that some airlines fly behind or parallel to the spray while those chemical fumes are sucked into the plane’s engines to ‘further enhance’ the “bleed-air” effect; and
- Wi-Fi in an airplane cabin; routers often just a few feet above one’s head. The RFs at which Wi-Fi operates (2.4 GHz) certainly has impact upon a person’s immune system and is a stressor to all body systems. 
Aerotoxic Syndrome: A New Occupational Disease?
Aerotoxic Team Website
Symptoms you may have, some of them instantly, others may appear days, or even months later:
- Extreme fatigue
- Concentration problems
- Word finding problems
- Hoarseness/ loss of voice
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Breathing problems/ lung issues
- Sleep issues
- Itchiness/ rashes
- Balance /gait problems
- Hearing issues
- Headaches (severe)
- sudden claustrophobia/ panic attacks
- Vision problems (i.e. tunnel vision)
- Aching muscles (like when you have a flu)
- ’stiff’ neck
- Joint pain
- Digestion issues
- Sudden allergies
- Histamine intolerance
- Sinus issues
- Nose bleeds
- Metallic taste
- change/increase of sensory (taste, smell)
- and more …
Aerotoxic syndrome is affecting airline passengers and crews
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
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