Some see a health threat from poisonous fumes entering the cabin but the industry is skeptical about the issue.
WE SWEAT IN THE COCKPIT, THOUGH much of the time we fly with the side windows open. The airplanes smell of hot oil and simmering aluminum, disinfectant, leather . . . the stewardesses, short-tempered and reeking of vomit, come forward as often as they can for what is a breath of comparatively fresh air." Aviation author Ernest K. Gann's description of flying in the 1930s serves as a reminder of how far the industry has come in a relatively short time in improving the air travel ...
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