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Plane Health
October 27, 2000

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News of lower fares aren't the only headlines grabbing flyers' attention recently. Aircraft health concerns are big another story. One report told of a woman dying from what's being called, "Coach Class Syndrome." That's a very rare condition that can happen to anyone crammed into tight spaces for a long period of time. I'm going to talk to a doctor about that in a minute. But that story got me thinking about another health concern we get a lot of letters about - air quality aboard flights. Now recently this has come up on Boeing's 777, a long range, high altitude jet. Flight attendants for United and British Airways -- the two airlines with the most 777s -- claim the air gets so stale, passengers actually get sick. United says they've already started modifying the air systems on their 777s, and Boeing has launched a study to see whether the plane's higher altitude is part of the problem. These problems do seem serious ... so I called up our travel doctor, Daniel Carlin. Dr. Carlin's the founder of World Clinic, an Internet-based health resource for travelers, and he told me airplane air doesn't really keep him up at night ... even on the red-eye.

If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call me at 888-SAV-TRAV.


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