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Petition Filed Against Southwest Airlines For Passenger Poisoning

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Monday, May 18, 2009 10:45 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Major Medical, Southwest Airlines, Airline Industry, Toxic Substances, Aviation Law

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IMAGE SOURCE: Southwest Airlines

Twin sisters, Victoria Holsted and Valerie Vaughn, passengers aboard Southwest flight 1705 from Los Angeles, became seriously ill after a mist filled the passenger compartment of the aircraft during their January flight.

They began to experience pain, blurred vision, slurred speech and tremors shortly after to exposure to these fumes. They were hospitalized.

Their lawyer, Alisa Brodkowitz, an InjuryBoard member, who specializes in aviation law, has filed a petition asking the court to compel Southwest Airlines to tell them more about what chemicals they were exposed too.

Brodkowitz recently appeared on Seattle’s King5 local news (video), to discuss the petition against Southwest on behalf of her clients.

"No one has explained to them what they were exposed to, so that's why we filed this petition. We need to know so their doctors can treat them,” said Brodkowitz.

“I was perfectly healthy when I boarded that flight and have been perfectly unhealthy since that flight,” said Vaughn.

This is not the first time airplane passengers have complained about chemicals causing health problems. Complaints have arisen around the world of dangerous fumes aboard aircrafts.

For years, pilots, flight attendants and crew members have been experiencing signs of neurological damage, such as seizures and tremors. After five years of extensive research, Dr. Clement Furlong of the University of Washington may know the cause.

He believes people are being poisoned by exposure to an engine oil additive known as tricresyl phosphate (or TCP). The chemical can leak through the air condition system located next to the engine on all commercial airliners.

Boeing insists tests show cabin air is generally safe. #


3 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by trent
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:35 AM EST

maybe we should all stay in our houses but oh wait that isnt safe cause there are fumes in there and in the air outside our houses that is unsafe also...maybe everyone should live in a bubble....please people get real or stop living

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:58 PM EST

That is, Trent, until it happens to you.

Anonymous User
Posted by BDurbin
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:17 PM EST

Dr Furlong should stick to medicine or start explaining to us all just how a jet engines works!! Last I checked if my jet engine has as oil leak, I have to shut it down.

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