- Edward BastianCEO of Delta Airlines
- J.E. SullivanJ.E. Sullivan Administrative Law JudgeOffice of Hearings, Department of Transportation (Sending by Mail)
- Leah SirminCommunity Planner and Environmental Protection Specialist
- Oscar MunozUnited Airlines CEO
Ban Air Fresheners on all United States Airlines
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As of now passengers don't have any rights in terms of allergies and taking air transportation. I am creating this petition so that new laws can be implemented giving those that suffer from allergies, chronic illness, and asthma the ability to fly without fear of hospitalization, illness, or death.
It has been confirmed that United Airlines and Delta Airlines (among others) push artificial scent through their ventilation system. These fragrances include lavender and chamomile among other non-confirmed scents. Although these can be calming to some to those that have life threatening allergies and illnesses such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) this could result in hospitalization or death.
15% of the population in the United States have MCS, 50 million people also have allergies, and 25 million people have asthma. With these statistics, it is clear that allowing airlines to have scents pushed through their ventilation systems, sprayed on the plane, or in the bathrooms is a clear health risk. While the airlines can not control what passengers might be wearing in terms of perfume, they do have control over the use of fragrances by their crew. Based on these facts and statistics it is clear that a passengers health is more important than adding scents to the plane. Immediate removal of all artificial fragrances on these air craft carriers would stop
Immediate removal of all artificial fragrances on these air craft carriers would stop unnecessary spending for the airlines based on the cost of the air fresheners. This would also allow for more passengers to fly without fear of illness, and without needing to wear a face mask to filter the scents.
If the crew and pilot make passenger safety their top priority then this should also include their health as well.
An allergic reaction to artificial scents can present in a multitude of symptoms, according to National Institutes of Health. The most common symptoms include skin rash, burning sensations in the eyes or throat, headache, hives, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, chills and difficulty breathing, anaphylaxis, and extreme vertigo. Those exposed are told to seek immediate medical attention especially if the person exposed needs to use their epi-pen.
If this were your child, your husband, your wife, or your grandparent would you want them to risk their life while flying? Many people with MCS and allergies live inside of their homes, without ever leaving because they fear that they might be triggered which many are every single day. While traveling is a privilege we need to make sure that those who do travel, the 75+ million people living with severe allergies are safe.
Scents and artificial fragrances not only affect me and 25% of the population that also have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity but also the 25 million people who have asthma, 50 million people with allergies, and 30,000 people with cystic fibrosis in the United States alone. This doesn't include many other allergies and illnesses that restrict breathing and trigger attacks when exposed.
These exposures can result in anaphylaxis, hives, rashes all over the body, extreme fatigue, extreme vertigo, blacking out, extreme exhaustion, and they can also result in death.
Please, I am asking that you take the time to address this petition if you know anyone who suffers from a life crippling disease, asthma, allergies, or chronic illness.
These airlines are pushing artificial fragrances through their ventilation system and into their air ducts, costing them more money than needed, and forcing those with allergies and chronic illness to be in a life threatening situation.
Here is my Back Story:
In the early part of 2017, I was diagnosed with having multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and non-allergic rhinitis after having been sick for 3 years without a diagnosis.
Basically, my body releases histamine 24/7 causing it to believe that everything and anything is a threat. This has resulted in me developing severe allergies to the point where I have been hospitalized. This also causes me to wear a face mask whenever I leave my home. In the hallways, I wear it, when we are out in public, when I use public bathrooms and now if we fly with United Airlines, Delta, or Alaskan Airlines I will be forced to wear this same mask for hours while sitting in a tiny cabin.
While you might be thinking that it's a privilege and I shouldn't be complaining because at least I can travel, I have to say that traveling is the only way that I can escape this sheltered life. I lost my job because of my illness because being around fragrances, air fresheners, cleaners, cologne, and perfume for 8 hours a day was causing hives, anaphylaxis, a huge rash that spread from my head to my neck, and I had to use my inhaler several times each day. I don't leave the house unless it's 100% necessary, so I am living in an apartment where I can't leave because I know that if I do I will get sick. Even when I am in my home I can still get triggered, whenever my body feels like something is a threat.
THERE IS NO CURE, this disease can not be cured so I will be living like this for the rest of my life.
Please ban airlines from being able to use artificial fragrances such as air fresheners and diffusers on board, including but not limited to the ventilation system and air ducts, towels, the plane itself, and the restrooms.
While I realize that the airline isn't required to provide accommodations for myself or the millions of other people affected, they do strive to make our safety their priority. This should also include those who have life threatening allergies.
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