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