The Australian
July 12, 2010

A FORMER pilot for Australia’s largest airline claims he was paralysed in mid-flight because of “aerotoxic syndrome” – exposure to toxic engine fumes on airliners, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Campaigners say that poisonous chemicals leaking into the aircraft cabin cause symptoms ranging from dizziness, hallucinations, memory loss and fatigue to seizures and even paralysis.

Passengers are also thought to be affected, but campaigners say the symptoms are often confused with jetlag, so few complain.

A blood test is being developed in America to detect evidence of low-level exposure – a key step in proving that aerotoxic syndrome is a genuine illness.

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