It’s an open secret in the airline industry: A flawed design in almost all airplanes is putting flight attendants and pilots at risk, and passengers can unknowingly become victims as well.
On July 16, 2018, at 3:43 p.m., Flight 1097 from #WashingtonDulles bound for #LosAngeles made an emergency landing in #KansasCity. The pilot told the control tower that there were sick passengers on board. “People were being hospitalized,” said an #AlaskaAirlines flight attendant. We’re calling her Jane to keep her identity a secret and to protect her from feared retaliation. “My understanding is that the crew felt symptoms of nausea, itching throat. That is what caused the diversion,” said Jane.
She said contaminated air leaked into the cabin on that diverted flight and that it wasn’t the first time it had happened.
Dozens of co-workers and passengers have recently been sickened by those odors. It is what’s known in the industry as a “fume event” and it has happened on different planes in #Alaska’s newly acquired #VirginAmerica fleet.
The workers have been sharing their experiences among themselves in internal emails, complaining that management isn’t taking them seriously. But all are fearful of speaking out. “Anybody who is trying to communicate about these instances, they have been pulled in by the company and threatened with their jobs,” said Jane.
KPIX 5 obtained an audio clip of a recent Alaska Airlines conference call in which employees were warned to keep all discussion of fumes private. “We have a very strict social media policy,” a voice was heard saying on the audio recording. “We will investigate those instances where people do not abide by the policy and the infraction can lead to termination, so please keep that in mind.” 🖐🏾More @freedom_faction in comments👇🏾#SVisionFamily #SVisionMagazine #SVisionGaming
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