Air travel and health: an update, report with evidence, 1st report of session 2007-08

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The Stationery Office, Dec 12, 2007 - Medical - 207 pages
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This report is a follow-up to an earlier report published in 2000 (HLP 121-I, session 1999-2000, ISBN 9780104442005), on air travel and health. That report acted as a stimulus to further research into the health of air crew and passengers, and led to a broader examination of such issues. The report also led to the setting up of the Aviation Health Working Group in 2001, and later the Aviation Health Unit, in 2003, within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which acts as a focal point for aviation health in the UK. In this report the Committee sets out the current situation, and still finds issues that remain of concern, particularly the risk to air travellers of venous thromboembolism (VTE). A WHO study is to examine VTE risk for individuals with existing risk factors, and the Committee urges the Government to continue to support this project. The Committee also believes that further investigation into the effects of fumes on pilots and others should be continued. The Committee has set out a number of recommendations, including: that jet lag should be studied as a confounding effect of DVT; that the Government should explore ways to increase the research capacity in aviation health; that the CAA should implement the recommendations of its own research into aircraft seating standards, and increase the minimum seat pitch to at least 28.2 inches; the Government should also review the level of air passenger duty levied on "premium economy" seating; also that the Government and airlines advise passengers on the proven benefits of good hygiene in the reduction of disease transmission, and that as part of their contingency plans airlines that are flying from areas affected by a pandemic, should provide bacterial wipes to passengers; that the Government and the AHU work together with airlines and others in providing consistent air travel advice to passengers on the risks associated with self-medicating with the intention of preventing DVT.
  

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Contents

ABSTRACT
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Written Evidence
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The European Aviation Safety Agency 2 10
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Study of Air Quality in the Aircraft Cabin 3 9
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Areas for Action Raised in the Current Inquiry
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Infectious diseases 5 12
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Air Crew Occupational Health 4 30
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Information and Education 4 58
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British Airline Pilots Association BALPA Air Transport Users
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Written Evidence 54
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Supplementary Written Evidence Department for Transport
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Further Supplementary Written Evidence Department for Transport
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Aerospace Medical Association
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Boeing Company
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DrGAJamal
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Members and Declarations of Interest
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List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
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Professor Michael Bagshaw Dr Sarah MacKenzie Ross Professor Helen Muir
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Thomsonfly
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