British Airways are considering pumping fragrance into the cabins on their planes to replicate the experience customers have when walking into expensive department stores. I sneeze and then get a headache when I walk through the perfume section of expensive department stores and I don’t want to spend 10 hours on a flight having that same experience. British Airways already use scents in their Executive Lounge in Heathrow and want to put this fragrance on the planes as part of their “Make Flying Special” marketing campaign.
Instead why don’t we “Make Flying Special” with better air circulation and air filters? There is no need to add potentially harmful chemicals to the air we breathe when flying.
Fragrances are a long way from natural flower essences. They are created in a lab and use a variety of chemicals to project the scent and make it last. Manufactures do not have to list the chemicals used and very little testing has been done to determine their affects on people. I have listed articles below with more information about fragrances.
Many people are affected by these chemical fragrances. Symptoms range from the ones that I get (sneezing, headache, metalic taste in my mouth) to asthma attacks or feeling very ill or losing the ability to think clearly (brain fog). A recent study indicates that many Americans are sensitive to fragrances: “… 30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating, 19% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners, and 10.9% reported irritation by scented laundry products vented outside”. (Study by Caress SM, Steinemann AC, link is below.)
Everyone who knows Steve and I know how we struggle with this. We keep our home fragrance-free. We ask anyone visiting to not wear perfume or scented hair products. When possible we travel with our own sheets and pillow cases to avoid breathing in that “fresh, clean smell” – which is just a bunch of chemicals mixed with laundry soap.
When flying I pay extra on British Airways to book seats ahead of time so that we are sitting in a row of two – so we won’t have someone possibly wearing perfume sitting beside us. I guess I can save that money now because the cabin will be wearing perfume!
I fly British Airways several times a year, between the US and England and within Europe. I am pleading with you British Airways – don’t do this – for the health of the airline staff and passengers. We do not need fragrances on airplanes and many of us don’t want it.
How to Tell British Airways That You Don’t Want This
Please help me talk British Airways out of doing this!
- Tweet them @British_Airways . I have tweeted about this. You could retweet me – @PaulineK .
- Post on the British Airways Executive Club page on Facebook. I have a post about this issue there and you could add a comment.
- Email them from the British Airways website (click the Email Us tab)
- Post a comment on this blog post.
- Post a comment on articles listed below.
Articles About British Airways Introducing Scents
- Smell the BA not the BO, British Airways to Introduce Signature Scent on Flights, Jaunted, August 24 2011
- Fragrance of flight planned to improve cabin experience, The Independent, August 25 2011
- Airomatherapy, BA jets to smell like posh Stores, The Sun, August 23 2011
Articles About Fragrances
- Why Go Fragrance Free? , Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign – Pamphlet about the health affects of the chemicals used to create fragrances and why we are better off avoiding them.
- Hazards are hiding in fragranced consumer products by Dr. Anne Steinemann, February 10 2011 – Article about the toxic chemicals in fragrances.
- Prevalence of fragrance sensitivity in the American population, Caress SM, Steinemann AC., March 2009 – Research that found than many Americans are sensitive to the chemicals in fragrances. “… 30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating, 19% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners, and 10.9% reported irritation by scented laundry products vented outside.”