A former pilot is claiming people are "getting seriously sick" after breathing contaminated air onboard aeroplanes, despite the Government saying fume leaks are "exceptionally rare".
Dr Susan Michaelis, who flew for Qantas in Australia before stopping due to medical reasons, believes she became ill because of exposure to toxic fumes.
Dr Michaelis, who has completed a PhD on the subject, said: "It's about the air people breathe in aircraft and whether it's safe or not. If you are not breathing safe air there's a very big problem."
But a spokesman for the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said that most UK pilots do not see fume leaks as a common problem.
He said: "The whole issue of toxic air in cabins is controversial. Some pilots believe it is a widespread problem, but the bulk of pilots don't believe that."
However, as "one incident would be one too many", he said Balpa has encouraged the Government to carry out research into cabin air quality. Source...