• Cabin breathing air on all aircraft apart from the Boeing 787 is taken directly from the engines and provided unfiltered to the aircraft. This is known as 'Bleed Air'.
  • Bleed air is known to become contaminated with engine oils and/or hydraulic fluids...
  • Contaminated bleed air events have been recognised as occurring since the 1950s.
  • No aircraft currently flying has any form of detection system fitted to warn when these events occur.
  • Flight safety is being compromised by contaminated air events.
  • Crew and passengers have been reporting short and long term health effects as a consequence of exposure to contaminated air.
  • Contaminated air events are not rare and known to be under reported.
The GCAQE is the lead international organisation attempting to address these matters on behalf of aircrew worldwide.

Members of the GCAQE include:

ABRAPAC - Brazilian Association of Pilots of Civil Aviation; ACPA - Air Canada Pilot’s Association; Aeropers - Swiss Air Line Pilots Association (Swiss ALPA); AFA - Association of Flight Attendants; AFAP - Australian Federation of Air Pilots; ALAEA - The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers' Association; CUPE - Canadian Union of Public Employees; FIT CISL - Italian Transport Federation; FSC-CCOO Federation of Citizen Services; Icelandic ALPA - Icelandic Air Line Pilots Association; IAM - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; IPA - Independent Pilots Association; NF - Norsk Flygerforbund - Norwegian Airline Pilots Association; PARAT - PARAT; SAFE Norwegian Union of Energy Workers; SNPL - Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne; SNPNC - Syndicat National du Personnel Naviguant Commercial; TWU - Transport Workers Union; UFO - Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation - Independent Flight Attendant Organisation; Unite - Unite The Union; Vereinigung Cockpit - German Airline Pilots Association; VNC - Vakbond Van Nederlands Cabinpersoneel; HTW - Holiday Travel Watch


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