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Clean Air in Planes? Who Knows?

I fly. A lot. Never got interviewed for one of those person-in-the-airport commercials though. But if I could convert my frequent flyer miles to cash, I could almost retire. So, you'll understand why these stories on the quality of in-flight cabin air distress me.

Here's the first news flash: we don't know enough about the quality of air in airplanes. No kidding! Tell me something I don't know.

But, it gets better. Pilots supposedly turn down the air circulation on planes to save fuel. Pesticides sprayed in the cabins allegedly contain substances banned in the U.S. So says Which? magazine (see the second article down). Great. You can do your own search at Which? (free 30-day trial, signup required).

Maybe it's time to get one of those personal, wearable air purifiers. Nah. Read this first. Not a good choice. Probably no good ones if you have to get on a plane.

Just don't sneeze.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, February 12, 2004


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