You may have been exposed to harmful pesticides without your knowledge in places you never expected.
For example, on flights to at least six countries (Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Madagascar, Kiribati, India, and Uruguay), passengers are directly sprayed with pesticides, while still strapped in their seats, before being allowed to disembark from the plane. On flights to many other countries, passengers are exposed, without their knowledge or consent, to pesticides sprayed prior to passenger boarding. This method is intended to leave long-lasting insect-killing residues in the passenger cabin.
Countries that require such spraying on some or all flights include Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Panama, Fiji, Guam, and others. Use of sprays on these international flights is required by the particular destination countries, and therefore must be done by all airlines flying to those countries.
Passengers on domestic flights may also be exposed to residues of insecticides sprayed on planes at the discretion of the airlines. Many pesticide products are registered in the U.S. for use on aircraft, including in passenger cabins. There is nothing in current regulations to prohibit airlines from using such products in cabins immediately prior to passenger boarding. Airplane passenger cabins are already noted for their poor air quality due to the lack of adequate ventilation and restrictions on intake of fresh air during flights.
Up to 50 percent (or more) of the air in passenger cabins of newer generation aircraft is recycled. Deliberately introducing intentional pesticide poisons into this enclosed and poorly ventilated environment creates additional and unnecessary health hazards for all airline passengers. Infants, young children, pregnant women, asthmatics, cancer patients, and other sensitive individuals may be at special risk.
International and domestic travelers may be dermally exposed to residues of pesticide sprays or dusts remaining on carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces of aircraft cabins treated prior to passenger boarding. Passengers may also be exposed to vapors or residues through recirculated air, or to pesticides revolatilizing from carpets or fabric seat coverings. Young children may also ingest residues picked up from surfaces via hand-tomouth contact. Passengers may also be exposed to residues of pesticides on their luggage.
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