This article originally appeared on HoneyColony.
Editor’s note: A few months ago, I wrote an article for Truthout entitled, Pesticides on Planes: How Airlines Are Softly Killing Us. It shed light on the routine spraying of chemicals on certain commercial planes, sometimes with passengers still on board. What are the cumulative effects of this practice, called “disinsection,” on frequent flyers and airline employees?
It cost one former Delta Air Lines employee his health. After working for Delta less than two years, Chris Ott was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Many would argue correlation doesn’t mean causation, but the evidence in Ott’s case is compelling and disturbing.
As a Delta customer service support agent, Ott’s primary responsibility was cleaning aircraft for quick turnaround departures, a process exposing him and his coworkers to a number of toxic chemicals, including frequently sprayed pesticides.
Parkinson’s, Pesticides, and Planes
Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when nerve cells in the substantia nigra region of the brain are damaged or destroyed and can no longer produce dopamine, a nerve-signaling molecule that helps control muscle movement.… Read the rest