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Old 12-01-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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I was recently on an airplane over the Thanksgiving holiday, and before takeoff, the cabin filled with a thick, dense smell of exhaust I believe. Normally, there is a bit of a smell of that before takeoff, but this time it was very thick and intense, so that all you could smell was the exhaust, and not any normal air. It lasted about 2-3 minutes. Everyone was noticing and talking about it. After the 2-3 min. the regular air kicked on I guess, and the smell dissipated. But I felt horrible the entire flight, and my lungs and sinuses felt like they were burning and my lungs felt tight. After this experience, I am hesitant to fly anymore. I worry about the carcinogens that I breathed in during this time. Even days after, my lungs and chest feel tight and my sinuses are still burning. I think next time I'll drive instead of fly if I can.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Ahhhh, the smell of aviation fuel in the morning. Wait until you are on a plane that is being de-iced and you can experience those lovely smells fill the cabin.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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I think you may be over-reacting a bit. Generally these type of things take many years of exposure. Your one time dose shouldn't have chronic effects. Could any of these symptoms be mind generated?
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:10 AM
 
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I think you may be over-reacting a bit. Generally these type of things take many years of exposure. Your one time dose shouldn't have chronic effects. Could any of these symptoms be mind generated?

I think you are right about the over reacting. I've been breathing those fumes for well over 20 years, and haven't had any bad effects yet. Well, I did grow that third eye in my forehead, but it's not that bad.

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There are two possible sources here. Exhaust from the airplane sitting in front of you getting sucked into your airconditioning system. It's also possible that your plane had a bad heat exchanger valve in the airconditioning system. There are filters, and plumbing to prevent that, but sometimes it happens.

Since it cleared up after takeoff, I'm leaning towards the plane in front of you.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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I think you are right about the over reacting. I've been breathing those fumes for well over 20 years, and haven't had any bad effects yet.
Are you a flight attendant or pilot?
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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I'm a mechanic. I fix these systems. I also stand in the exhaust plumes as I work.

This is a pretty good explanation of the pressurization system. Environmental Control System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have changed plenty of filters, and coalescer bags.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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I'm a mechanic. I fix these systems. I also stand in the exhaust plumes as I work.

This is a pretty good explanation of the pressurization system. Environmental Control System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have changed plenty of filters, and coalescer bags.
Wow. Aren't you concerned about all the carcinogens you're inhaling as you fix these systems? I'm having some uncomfortable effects after inhaling this stuff for a couple minutes--I can't imagine what kind of cumulative effects it has had on you.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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You gotta die from something. Might as well make it interesting.
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Ahh I love the smell of Jet Fuel!
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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... I think next time I'll drive instead of fly if I can.
Just be sure you don't get behind any diesel burners -- most large trucks, many pickups and some cars. Also, don't stop for fuel where there might be trucks running.
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