The Complicity in the Cause of Injuries and Illnesses among Crew and Passengers.
Although the evidence of toxic fumes entering the cockpit and passenger cabin, contaminating the breathing air and exposing occupants to ill health or incapacitation, has been commented on, warned about and published since the 1930’s by well known, reputable scientists and is piling up daily, the blatant lies and denials by the industry continue.
Lying is hard work! Like a broken record they repeat their petty and really feeble arguments which are supporting their lies always based on:
“Studies have indicated that cabin air is as good or better than the air found in offices and homes.” or “...findings are so low that it is not possible for them to cause health issues.”
They try to appease victims and well educated campaigners by making small gestures like producing their own ‘findings’, using industry supported and financed research institutions and ‘scientists’, old papers and paid ‘experts’, no backup evidence and the ever same, in the mean time very stale statements.
Chronic exposure to such heated, burned oil and kerosene fumes to which crews and frequent flyers are subjected, resulting in ill health, are scoffed at and, for the industry, do not exist and definitely do not cause any harmful toxic build up in the body, nor long term health damage or injury to the central nervous system. They even try to pull a veil over everybody’s eyes, by calling the noxious fumes ‘odours’ – but omit to say that it is not the odour or ‘smell’, but the chemicals contained therein that cause neurotoxic symptoms like brain fog, dizziness, nausea, collapse, inability to converse and think logically – to mention just a few. The ‘odour’ is the result of a chemical reaction which can even increase the toxicity and can lead, due to above mentioned symptoms, to possible incapacitation and unconsciousness. What when that happens to the pilots in flight?
Remember, you are locked inside a pressurized tube at high altitude with no means of escape to avoid the toxic “odours”, nor can you just open a window! The statements ‘ ...clean air as in a regular office or homes...’ can not be held upright. For one: since when do offices and homes have high powered turbine engines supplying the space at 36.000 feet with breathing air?
Dishonesty, perjury, deceit, fabrication, misrepresentation, duplicity, double-dealing, prevarication, and guile … any one of the above words will do. A compulsive liar is someone who lies with ease and finds nothing wrong with it. They even continue to lie when presented with the truth in cold, hard facts. Getting compulsive liars to admit they lied can be nearly impossible.
They lie because they want something they wouldn't be able to get otherwise. Or to keep something they would otherwise loose. There is power in lies and money – as the saying goes: “Everyone has a price”.
Lies are coming from otherwise highly educated, sophisticated leaders in our industry, including doctors who have taken oath to help, not harm. Yet they are somehow influenced and in the end do cause harm. One could think they are willfully ignorant: ‘what they don’t know can’t hurt’. But it does not become them ...
Sometimes, they use a technique where they convince others that their realities are incorrect and only the liars know what really is (their) “truth”. They disguise failure to avoid getting in to trouble to the point of criminal actions and on top of that try and make the victims responsible for what they have done.
A beguiling combination of manipulated beliefs and outright lies. The deceit deployed to keep and advance their business objectives remains obscured and is reinforced by pro industry media.
The real issue in this long-running deception lies in identifying why lawmakers continue to befriend and defend an industry that has for so long—and so consistently—deceived and betrayed and has put their employees and customers in danger and continues to do so. Is it that money talks? Does money and protection from the loss of money, buy deceit?
Based on the well-documented history of this duplicity, and mountains of published, academically researched and peer reviewed papers giving evidence, every single CEO and Manager who has this knowledge and hasn’t got the guts to do something about it is complicit in the cause of injuries and illnesses among crew and passengers. They should be shamed and punished for cowardice.
The ongoing denial of existing evidence while presenting their opposing ‘scientific’ findings which result in contradictions are just further lies - because they cannot untell what has been said for six decades.
In most civil cases, a party has to prove its claim or position by a preponderance of evidence , defined as a superiority in weight, force, importance, etc. In legal terms, a preponderance of evidence means that a party has shown that its version of facts, causes, damages or fault, is more likely than not the correct version. We entered an aircraft in excellent health and disembarked from it sick!
How is it that when the scale tips in favor of the victim (plaintiff), that judges often find for the company (defense)? Do they misunderstand the expert witnesses? Is the medical report somehow thought insufficient?
For some very odd reason, although the evidence for those pilots, cabin crew and passengers who have filed suits because they have lost their good health and lost their license to fly leaving their lives in shambles … the industry still manages to succeed by putting forward their denial and lies and do their utmost to make these victims look as if they were the liars, or make them out to be hypochondriacs or psychiatric cases? Even threaten them? Or, as soon as they are standing back against the wall, quickly move for an out of court settlement.
The law professionals and the lawmakers who often and obviously support such activities should be charged with professional misconduct and fraud for robbing deserving employee claimants of their rights of access to health and financial assistance under the workers compensation and legal liability laws.
Most managers, airline attorneys, and those who support them, lie and walk away without looking back. They certainly don’t worry about it. Even some pilots will take the company’s side by denying help for their crews and passengers. Some will continue to fly aircraft they know are not airworthy.
Of course, since the house of cards is held together by a shoddy scaffolding of lies and denials, just keep on shaking it ... it will tumble!
©Bearnairdine Beaumont - May 2017
After becoming unfit to fly and being medically 'retired' Bearnairdine became involved in scientific research for the campaign 'improve the quality of aircraft cabin air' and the helping of victims to understand their ill-health; coming from a medical background she is also a health consultant & educator with over 25 years professional and personal experience ; she is a published author of three books in two languages and the founder of the " AEROTOXIC TEAM" and 'Global Aerotoxicteam', educational website and socialmedia pages. She not only became unfit to fly, but also unable to work in her former profession due to her severe central nervous system injury; she receives a small disabilty allowance and is still fighting to receive her workplace related ill-health pension. She lives in a beautiful, but secluded area of the Swiss alps and continues to support the aerotoxic campaign via computer and telephone. She is available for media inquiries.
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