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Air Safety / Cabin Air #302451

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 18, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Possibility of toxic and/or polluted air in airline cabins examined; lawsuit filed by one flight attendant against own airlines cited as example [ATTENDANT - claims doctor has diagnosed her as having "black lung" disease.] [Association of Flight Attendants spokesperson Susan MILLER - describes symptoms suffered by attendants.] [Attorney Peter TRASK - feels flying public is unaware of dangers involved.] Rel. between incrd. fuel consumption and level of pure air delivered to plane cabins explained, illustrated on screen. [Association of Flight Attendants director Matthew FINUCANE- explains contaminants adding to air pollution in passenger planes.] [Virologist Elliot DICK - cites health effects.] Findings of 1977 study by Ctrs. for Disease Control of Alaska air- lines incident outlined. [DICK- thinks similar incidents occur routinely worldwide.] Federal Aviation Administration said declining comment until completion of independent study ordered by Congress [Senator Dan. INOUYE - accuses Federal Aviation Administration of failing to set proper standards.] [Airline industry spokesperson Don. COLLIER - dismisses allegations.] [Passenger Carl HEIDEMAN - describes respiratory problems he attributes to frequent flying.] [Physicist Bertel WERCHEFELT - believes sufficient fresh air is not being vented into airline cabins.] Findings of air quality tests conducted by industry hygienist Raymond Carey aboard several commercial flights detailed. [CAREY - comments on results.] [ATTENDANT - accuses companies of ignoring problem.] [TRASK - explains immediate remedy to problem.]

Rabel, Ed;
Rather, Dan

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