A review on the impact of aircraft cabin air quality and cabin pressure on human wellbeing

Mohammed Zubair, Kamarul Arifin Ahmad, Vizy Nazira Riazuddin

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Airliner cabins present more complicated scenario due to different design and operation challenges owing to the extreme environmental conditions, complexity of the operational systems, and the authorities that govern such environments. The scientific evaluation is rendered difficult due to lack of empirical evidence determining the airliner cabin air quality as well as consequent health effects occurring due to short or long flight exposure. Crew members and passengers report dizziness, fatigue, headaches, sinus and ear problems, dry eyes and sore throats during and after travel. There are persistent concerns about the transmission of infectious agents such as influenza, tuberculosis and measles viruses during flights. Moreover, a systematic collection of data related to airplane environmental exposures is not yet available and the effects of environmental conditions on wellbeing of travelers and their comfort level are yet to be fully ascertained. In this work, a systematic review of the air quality inside the airliner cabin are discussed. The potential pollutants and their established causes are discussed. In addition to this, major health discomforts faced by the occupants are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAEROTECH V
Subtitle of host publicationProgressive Aerospace Research
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783038352327, 9783038352327
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th AEROTECH conference - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 29-10-201430-10-2014

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482


Conference5th AEROTECH conference
CityKuala Lumpur

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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