Smelly Air in the Cabin? Sourced to the Vents? Know What to Do
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Everyone knows that there are plenty of smells (also known as FUMES – odorous, invisible compounds) in the cabin air. This Eline is intended to give you some tips for how to recognize and respond to potentially toxic fumes. Pay attention to all unpleasant, unexplained fumes (odors) in the cabin, but use the information in this Eline to distinguish those that matter most.
The air that comes through the vents in the cabin is first compressed, either in the aircraft engines (inflight) or in the APU (on the ground). That air isn’t filtered before you breathe it, and can sometimes be polluted with various types of fumes. The fumes that matter the most are engine oil and hydraulic fluid. Sometimes, you will “just” notice a bad smell, other times you may also notice a smoke or haze. But if the fumes (smell) is coming from the vents, then you need to report it to the flight deck right away. There are other types of fumes can contaminate the air coming from the cabin air vents, too, such as deicing fluid, fuel, engine exhaust, and ozone. So, use your situational awareness skills, be aware of your environment, report problems, and read on…
What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed To Contaminated Ventilation Air
Being prepared and knowing what to do if fumes are coming from the air supply vents (a “fume event”) can help you and your crew get the help you need as quickly as possible. Here’s (unusual odors) with or without smoke/haze:
1. Identify The Situation.
2. Get Help If You Feel Sick
3. Report & Document
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