Airsick: Flight Crews Venting in Court About Toxic Fumes

June 29, 2017, 8:45 PM

Toxic fumes on two recent commercial jetliner flights reportedly were so strong that the planes had to be emergency landed because of sickened crew members. In one of those incidents, an international flight in May from Florida to England, more than a dozen passengers also fell ill.

These and other persistent reports of “fume events” contaminating cabin air on flights by major air carriers including Alaska Airlines Inc., American Airlines Inc., and British Airways PLC are raising questions about a ventilation system used in nearly every commercial airliner worldwide.

And some of the fallout is reaching U.S. courts, where product...

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