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HolidayTravelWatch Supports Call for Public Enquiry on Aerotoxic Syndrome


HolidayTravelWatch supports the call by the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE - ), for a Public Enquiry, into the continuing and growing Global Scandal on what has become known as ’Aerotoxic Syndrome’.

HolidayTravelWatch supports this call for action, and in particular would point to its own Global Petition calling on Governments and the Airline Industry to action on this important issue.

We are particularly encouraged to note that the main UK opposition parties support this call for a Public Enquiry, we ask the question, what of the Government?

HolidayTravelWatch also supports the Early Day Motion on this issue, raised by Mr Paul Flynn MP, and now signed by 63 MP’s ( ).

HolidayTravelWatch continues to receive complaints from holidaymakers, concerning flight smoke or fume events, on board the aircraft on which they fly. HolidayTravelWatch would point to the ’Call to Arms’ section of its own website, which provides detail of such reported and investigated issues affecting travel consumers.

In a recent Facebook short survey (9/11/2007), conducted by HolidayTravelWatch, we found that 15% of those questioned reported that they had experienced Fumes or Smoke in an Aircraft Cabin. Of all those who were surveyed, 5% declared that they had suffered illness following a Flight Smoke or Fume Event. We note that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) collate the number of aircraft movements throughout the UK. In January 2008, there were 264,083 aircraft movements. If you translate our survey into the January 2008 data, this would suggest that some 39,612 aircraft, throughout the UK, suffered a flight smoke or fume event.

Frank Brehany, the MD of HolidayTravelWatch states,

“How serious does this issue have to become before government will act? Do our survey figures not cause alarm in government or airline circles? Clearly if passengers are being affected, what is happening to the crew? How many pilots have reported Flight Smoke or Fume Events to the CAA in the last 10 years? How many flight crew have reported illnesses either to the CAA or their Trade Unions in the last 10 years? These are important questions that require answers and action now!”

All Holidaymakers affected by any of these issues should call the National Helpline 08450179229 or make contact through the Organisation’s website –

HolidayTravelWatch is a National Consumer Organisation which provides information, advice and assistance to the holidaymaker or independent traveller, who experiences problems with their travel arrangements. In eleven years 130,000 people have benefited from the help provided by HolidayTravelWatch, with over 46% being empowered to resolve their own claims by the information the organisation provides on their consumer rights. HolidayTravelWatch has campaigned in the past for improvements in travel safety and is proud to have been associated with some of the leading broadcast and print media projects aimed at informing the consumer. HolidayTravelWatch continues with that campaigning spirit and continues to work closely with the media and government departments alike.Full details of the work of HolidayTravelWatch can be found on

For further information on this press release and any other associated matters please contact Frank Brehany on 08450179229



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