Sending Office: Honorable John Garamendi
Cosponsors: Lynch, Norton, Craig, Cohen,
Stauber, Fitzpatrick, Rush, Sires, Pocan, Kuster, Grijalva, McGovern, Meng, Case, Brindisi, Brownley
Endorsements: Air Line Pilots Association International, Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Association of Flight Attendants, Transport Workers Union of America, Allied Pilots Association, Association of Professional Flight Attendants,
International Union of Teamsters, National Consumers League, Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Security Industry Association
I invite you to cosponsor the bipartisan “Cabin Air Safety Act” (H.R.2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. As you may know, “toxic fume” events
occur when air contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids, and ozone enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could
lead to serious, debilitating health issues.
The bipartisan “Cabin Air Safety Act” (H.R.2208) would:
- Mandate training regarding toxic fumes on aircraft: Require that flight attendants, pilots, aircraft technicians, and first responders receive training on identifying toxic fumes. The training materials would include education on sources
and types of fumes, symptoms, appropriate responses, and how to report incidents.
- Require FAA to record and monitor reports of fume events: Direct the FAA to develop a standardized form/system to record airline crew reports of toxic fumes. The FAA would be required to publish these reports at least quarterly on a public
website, so that they can be searched, reviewed, and analyzed.
- Ensure that investigations occur: Require the FAA to conduct investigations, in cooperation with airlines and labor unions, after a toxic fume event to study the cause and prevent future events.
- Install carbon monoxide sensors on aircraft: Direct aircraft manufacturers and airlines to install and operate carbon monoxide detectors situated in the air supply system to enable pilots and maintenance technicians to locate contamination
sources. These detectors will alert the crew if carbon monoxide levels exceed national air quality standards. Aircraft manufacturers would be required to develop procedures that inform the crew on how to respond to such alarms.
All Americans have the right to expect safe, clean air when travelling or reporting to work. I am deeply concerned by the documented cases where pilots, flight attendants, and other airline crewmembers have become sick and even hospitalized from toxic cabin
air. The “Cabin Air Safety Act” (H.R.2208) takes common-sense steps to protect airline passengers and crew, including installing carbon monoxide detectors in commercial aircraft. I
hope to earn your support of this critical bill.
To be added as a cosponsor or for questions, please have your staff contact
Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your consideration.
Member of Congress
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