Reduce Inhalation of Toxic Jet Exhaust

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While boarding a flight from SFO to ATL, I noticed the smell of toxic exhaust fumes in the air. This was not the first time; almost every flight I have purchased in the past 15 years I have encountered a strong smell of jet exhaust while waiting to board, boarding, and during taxi of the aircraft. The airborne contaminants from the engines found present within the 'bleed air' (air circulated inside the cabin) and surrounding areas of the aircraft, are known to attack the central nervous system (including the brain). The effect on airline passengers and aircrew is called Aerotoxic Syndrome; the symptoms and health effects are vast and can be deadly. Currently, there is no sensor on commercial aircraft to identify the contaminated air, the noses of the aircrew are the only sensors.

According to a recent publication by the Aerotoxic Association, "Only visible smoke is officially reported in the flight log, leading to under-reporting of the actual frequency [of 'fume events']." 

Please sign this petition asking Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to implement a regulation that requires sensors on-board every commercial aircraft. These sensors can detect and alert aircrew to unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in our cabin air. New regulations are needed not just to ensure the cabin air is safe to breathe, but also, the air that we're exposed to on the jet bridge (connecting hallway) while waiting to board. The air we breathe while boarding needs to be monitored as a standard function of the airline. This can be done with a sensor at the end of each jet bridge, no extra personnel or hold up is necessary. Huerta oversees a 15.9 billion dollar budget -- the FAA needs to ensure safe air for the nearly 1 billion passengers that touch U.S. soil every year.

The FAA Mission: "Our continuing mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world." Let's see to it that they live up to this mission. The chemicals we are being exposed to are proven to be cancerous and cause a wide array of adverse health effects. In most instances that I have flown, I have experienced extreme headaches, nausea and chest pain. Note: I do not have a fear of flying, nor do I feel this way while pumping gasoline. This is the result of poor FAA regulations and inspections. This is the trademark of major airlines slacking on safety measures that protect their customer's air quality and health. "Permanent neurological damage may be caused, which cannot be recovered from.", "There are many prematurely medically retired aircrew with “mysterious” neurological symptoms, most have been grossly misdiagnosed." - Statements from the Aerotoxic Association, 2017.

National Geographic has also reported on the issue of deadly plane emissions, "In recent years, airplane crashes have killed about a thousand people annually, whereas plane emissions kill about ten thousand people each year, researchers say." Mason Inman, National Geographic.

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