The Airliner Cabin Environment: Air Quality and Safety

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National Academies Press, Feb 1, 1986 - Science - 320 pages
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Each year Americans take more than 300 million plane trips staffed by a total of some 70,000 flight attendants. The health and safety of these individuals are the focus of this volume from the Committee on Airliner Cabin Air Quality. The book examines such topics as cabin air quality, the health effects of reduced pressure and cosmic radiation, emergency procedures, regulations established by U.S. and foreign agencies, records on airline maintenance and operation procedures, and medical statistics on air travel. Numerous recommendations are presented, including a ban on smoking on all domestic commercial flights to lessen discomfort to passengers and crew, to eliminate the possibility of fire caused by cigarettes, and to bring the cabin air quality into line with established standards for other closed environments.


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Executive Summary 1
Introduction 13
Profile of Commercial Air Travel 24
Environmental Control Systems on Commercial Passenger Aircraft 39
Standards Regulations and Industry Practices 64
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Air Quality in Emergency Situations 91
Sources and Exposures 113
Health Effects Associated with Airliner Cabin 190
Desirability and Feasibility of Additional Data Collection 214
Appendix A A Computer Model for Assessing Airliner Cabin Air 225
Selected Material from the FAA AccidentIncident 244
Airliner Cabin Safety Regulations and Standards 278
Glossary 293

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