The air safety watchdog has set up a panel of experts to examine the quality of cabin air on Australian aircraft.
Established in response to concerns about exposure to contaminants in aircraft cabin air leading to potential long-term health effects, the nine-member team will review existing research and take public submissions on air quality on Australian planes.
Flight crews and individual passengers have reported a variety of symptoms associated with chronic exposure to contaminants, and an engineer was overcome by toxic fumes on a Qantas flight from the US last year.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said the body had become frustrated by the failure of overseas research in air quality to materialise and had thus decided to “do it ourselves”.
“It will review existing reports on cabin air quality, take submissions and deliver recommendations on future actions,” Mr Gibson said.
The panel consists of experts in toxicology, public health and engineering, including Chris Winder, the Professor of Applied Toxicology at the University of NSW.
It will have its first meeting later this month and deliver a final report in 2010.