Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines

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Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines
Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Tristan Loraine
Produced by Tristan Loraine
Written by Tristan Loraine
Music by Kate Garbutt
Cinematography Anna Carrington
Benjamin Foot
Trinity Greer
Robin Lambert
Lesley Pinder
Edited by Tristan Loraine
Mike Butler
Distributed by DFT Enterprises (UK)
Release date
30 November 2007 (2007-11-30)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $400,000 (estimated)

Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines is a 2007 British documentary film directed and produced by former airline captain Tristan Loraine on aerotoxic syndrome.


This documentary shows that for nearly fifty years, airline passengers and crews have been supplied with unfiltered air, called bleed air, taken directly from the engines. It shows how pressure groups have shown that this air supply sometimes becomes contaminated with neurotoxins, carcinogens and other hazardous chemicals.[1] In aviation industry-speak this contamination is called a "fume event".[2] Many have been reported some filling the passenger cabin with smoke and fumes.[3]

Global Cabin Air Quality Executive[edit]

Former British Airways Captain Tristan Loraine, who produced the film, is co-chair of Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE).[4][5]

Contrary opinions[edit]

Research by the UK government did not find a link to long-term health problems. The UK Parliament Select Committee on Science and Technology concluded in 2000 that the concerns about significant health risks were not substantiated.[6]

In 2008 Michael Bagshaw, the former Head Doctor at British Airways, and later an advisor to Airbus, claimed that no peer-reviewed, recorded cases of neurological harm in humans followed low-level exposure to the organophosphate tricresyl phosphate (TCP), which is used as a lubricant in jet engines.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Starmer-Smith, Charles (19 December 2009). "Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a breath of fresh cabin air". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Fume events
  3. ^ smoke and fumes on YouTube
  4. ^ GCAQE website
  5. ^ "GCAQE". Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help) Ingham, John (2012). "Scandal of toxic fumes in all Jets". Sunday Express. 
  6. ^ Select Committee on Science and Technology (2000). "Chapter 4: Elements Of Healthy Cabin Air". Science and Technology - Fifth Report (Report). House of Lords. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  7. ^ Professor Michael Bagshaw (2008-11-29). "The "Aerotoxic Syndrome"" (PDF). European Society of Aerospace Medicine. 

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