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Travellers 'made sick by poor air on planes'

By Neil Lancefield

More than a fifth (23%) of people believe they have been made ill because of poor air quality onboard planes, according to a new study.

The research also found that almost half (49%) do not believe they would be eligible to make a claim against the airline.

Article 17 of the Montreal Convention 1999 states that airlines are liable for bodily injuries which occur during a flight, which can include illness through respiratory problems.

In April trade union Unite set up a helpline for its cabin crew members to report any incidents of aerotoxic syndrome, which is an illness caused by exposure to contaminated cabin air.

John Quail, managing director of personal injury firm, which commissioned the poll of 2,000 adults, said: "Media exposure of people seriously affected by so-called aerotoxicity syndrome has naturally focused on high-profile cases by cabin crew against their employers."

Mr Quail added: "It may become apparent that significant numbers of the general public may have been affected, too - especially business people and other regular fliers."

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