The Aerotoxic Association was set up on 18 June 2007 at the British Houses of Parliament by Captain John Hoyte. The association was set up to raise the awareness of the effects of contaminated cabin air on jet aircraft, and show that the bleed air fed into the aircraft cabin can at times be contaminated with engine oil. Aerotoxic Syndrome was introduced in 1999 to describe a discrete occupational health condition, brought about by exposure to air which has been contaminated by [jet] engine oil, causing [chemical] sensitivity, irritancy, and other symptoms associated with neurotoxic poisoning.
The aims of the association are to inform aircrew and passengers about the potential health effects of contaminated cabin air, provide help and support and to lobby for change in regulations to improve the quality of cabin air on airliners.
In contrast to the claims of the Aerotoxic Association "Studies such as the European CabinAir project have shown that normally the levels of chemical and biological contaminants in aircraft are less than in many work environments such as office buildings." However these claims could not be confirmed
Prof Michael Bagshaw, previously Head of Health Services at British Airways and now Consultant Health Advisor to Airbus Industries, which means he is totally impartial in his statements in relation to the airline industry has concluded there have been no peer-reviewed recorded cases of neurological harm in humans following TCP exposure (the accused toxic ingredient in jet engine oil). He can be seen confirming this in his position in a recent interview on Australian TV. Bagshaw cited an unpublished report from the Medical Toxicology Unit at Guy's Hospital in 2001, Guys hospital are paid by British Airways to provide specialist Medical services. That report examined all exposures dating back to 1943 which showed that all documented exposures were to high concentrations, greatly in excess of the amount present in jet engine oil. He also noted that studies in Canada and the USA were unable to detect TCP in the cabin during flight. Prof Bagshaw notes that the symptoms are "largely the same as those reported by participants in all phase I drug trials", and are similar to the symptoms experienced by patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, gulf war syndrome, Lyme disease, chronic stress and chronic hyperventilation.
- Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines (video)