Flight attendants taken to hospital after American Airlines flight

Cabin crew complained about a strange odour on the plane which was giving them headaches.
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Cabin crew complained about a strange odour on the plane which was giving them headaches.

Seven flight attendants had to be hospitalised in the US after a strange odour made them ill during a flight .

American Airlines says the flight staff were treated at a Florida hospital after complaining that a strange smell on their plane gave them headaches.

An airline spokeswoman said Tuesday that the employees were treated and released. Alexis Aran Coello said none of the passengers on the flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Orlando, Florida, complained of symptoms.

In a separate incident on October 25 2016, a British Airways flight from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver after members of the cabin crew became unwell.

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Twenty-five crew were admitted to local hospitals after they became "spaced out" and wandered around "lost" on the plane, the Mail Online reported on January 2, after the Sunday Times obtained an internal report into the incident.

While the airline said no fault had been found with the plane, the report by the flight's cabin service director said crew were left "vomiting, dizzy and confused" after "toxic fumes" leaked into the cabin.

"It soon became apparent that more crew were behaving in a non-normal manner ... [with] reports of dizziness, light heads, headaches, nausea, itchy red eyes, metallic taste in mouth, floating-type feelings, flushed, aggression and, most worryingly, forgetfulness and confusion, inability to think straight and converse in normal manner," it read.

In November, the airline was accused of "downplaying" the incident by referring to this event and similar instances as "odour events", the Unite Union said.

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Unite director of legal services, Howard Beckett, said it was clear that the incident on board "was more serious than a mere 'odour event'.

"Downplaying serious toxic fume events on board aircraft as 'odour events' smacks of spin and an attempt to manipulate official statistics to downplay how widespread the problem really is in the industry," he said.

 - AP

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