AFA Supports the Cabin Air Safety Act to Stop Toxic Fumes in the Cabin

July 25, 2017 — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today praised Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), with Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) who introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, legislation to protect airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air. 

“Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein, and Markey are champions for clean air onboard for Flight Attendants and passengers. We thank them and encourage their Senate colleague to join the legislation as cosponsors. Crews and passengers are breathing toxins and it has got to stop,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “Lawmakers need to act to prevent Flight Attendants, pilots or passengers from suffering the effects of breathing toxic fumes in the cabin.”

AFA’s efforts to improve the cabin environment span the last three decades. From advocating for smoke free skies to stopping poisonous pesticide spraying to addressing the dangers of contaminated bleed air, AFA remains steadfast that cabin air must be clean. We advocate that the airline industry either end the use of engine bleed air for cabin air supply like on the Boeing 787 or mitigate the circulation of contaminated air.

“Most Americans go to work with the expectation of breathing clean air, but until we achieve better standards for cabin air quality, Flight Attendants don’t have this guarantee,” Nelson stated.

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