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Smoke/Odor/Fume Events Info

Smoke/Odor/Fume Events 

– Extracted from the APFA Hotline dated 1.19.18


“We are seeing an uptick in cabin odor/fume events. Below are a few reminders to assist if you experience an event:

If you detect any abnormal odor or see any smoke or a haze in the cabin. 
Follow the procedures outlined in your in-flight manual:

  1. Notify the flight deck immediately – this is a safety of flight issue
    1. Be prepared to share the category, location and possible source of the odor as well as any symptoms you are experiencing
    2. They will use this information to complete the Aircraft Smoke, Odor, & Fumes Report/Form 8533 on their iPad and the logbook
  1. Attempt to pinpoint the source and location of the smell
    1. Is it coming from the air vents? These vents are directly connected to the air conditioning systems that use engine bleed air sources
    2. If the smell is not coming from the vents, rule out in-cabin odor sources such as galleys, lavatories and overhead bins
    3. Did it start in the back or the front of the aircraft?  Is it stronger in some parts of the aircraft than others?
  1. Identify the odor category
    1. Dirty Sock/Musty (Turbine oil)
    2. Acrid (Hydraulic)
    3. Kerosene (Burning jet fuel)
    4. Burning Rubber (Tires from a previous landing aircraft)
    5. Sweet/Vinegar (De-icing fluid)
  1. Carry your Cabin Air Quality Card for reference
    1. Be prepared to provide details of your event to Flight Service Management as they complete the Cabin Odor Checklist


If you are at the gate when you experience an abnormal odor

  • Notify the Flight Deck immediately
  • Contact Flight Service Daily Operations at IOC (1-888-222-4737)


  • Notify the Flight Deck
  • Seek medical treatment if needed (See IOD hotline below)
  • Ensure Flight Service Management completes the Cabin Odor Checklist
  • Follow up with APFA at,, and  
  • File a CERS Report within 24 hours via the Flight Service Website or the CERS App on your FA Tablet
  • Optionally, report the event to the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive which is a global coalition of health and safety advocates committed to raising awareness and finding solutions to poor air quality in aircraft

Noelle Weiler
APFA National Safety & Security Chair


Medical Treatment for a Fume Event 

If immediately following a fume event, you begin to experience any physical symptoms (chest tightness, profound fatigue, muscle aches, sinus congestion and/or a persistent cough), contact the Flight Service Daily Operations desk at IOC (1-888-222-4737) to report the event and your illness/ injury in order to receive the necessary assistance in seeking immediate medical treatment at the nearest hospital for proper testing of a possible exposure.

Recommended testing should include a blood test to determine exposure. Each Flight Attendant should file the applicable company report. For all odor/fume events, file an IOD and a CERS report. Flight Attendants will report injuries to a Sedgwick representative who will be available 24/7 to accept calls:
1-844-RPRT-IOD  (1 844-777-8463)
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If your injury requires immediate medical attention, go to the nearest emergency room.

Flight Attendants may also consider reporting their specific safety concern regarding the odor/fume event to:


Please send reports of suspected odor/fume events to,, and”

1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

Phone: (817) 540-0108
Fax: (817) 540-2077


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