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12-07-2006
Children Friendly BA check-in plan
British Airways will this month extend its online check-in facility to cover children in the hope of reducing the stress of queuing for families. Other groups of up to six people will also be able to check in online from July 25

Extracted from The Daily Telegraph 12.7.06
12-07-2006
Fears over cabin crew poisoning
Published: 10 Jul 2006
By: Julian Rush

A government committee is to investigate reports that pilots and cabin crew are being poisoned.

The links between flying and deep vein thrombosis in passengers are well known, but now there are fears for the health of pilots.

Crews believe the air they breathe can be contaminated by chemicals from engine oils - and they accuse the government of ignoring the problem and downplaying the risks.

Our science correspondent Julian Rush has seen new scientific evidence that suggests pilots have been contaminated by organophosphates.

For more information on cabin crew poisoning, go to these websites:

>>Committee on toxicity

>>Aviation organophosphate information

>>Civil Aviation Authority

>>Independent Pilots Association

>>British Airline Pilots Association

The AHI has a database of in-flight incidents. They would like to hear from any passengers who experienced similar symptoms and problems. Please send details to sallie@aviation-health.org

Extracted from Channel 4 News. http://www.channel4.com/news - 12.7.06

08-07-2006
Up, Up and A Tray
Chicken or fish, antelope or ostrich? As the holiday season approaches, Martin Parr captures on camera some of the airline meals you may be eating this summer.

1. ANA
Paul German, commercial director, Alpha Flight Services

You donít want things to go wrong when youíre at 30,000ft. We do have contingency plans. Most important are allergens Ė we donít allow peanuts, nut traces or raw egg in the kitchen. Weíre not allowed to have gelatine. The grapes you eat will not have seeds, to ensure against choking. We avoid any bony fish for the same reason The colour of the food is important, as is how it looks on the plate. The Japanese eat with their eyes, not their stomachs, so the food needs to have eye appeal. Itís also important not to use the same ingredients twice on the menu; we try not to repeat vegetables, proteins or carbs. Taste is obviously important, too. Even if it looks good, it wonít be eaten if itís cheap and horrible.

2. BA
Andy Sparrow, menu development manager

Ingredients, as well as cultural and religious differences, change from city to city, and so do the menus. Never use prawns out of Tel Aviv, or beef out of India, or pork out of the Middle East. It can get very complicated. Once, in Cairo, the passengers refused to eat chicken because of the avian flu crisis. There are other kinds of fears, too. After 9/11, we had a scare with one of the afternoon tea items Ė I believe it was a Victoria sponge that had been sprinkled all over with sugar. This is when there was an anthrax alert and people were getting twitchy about having white powder scattered over their cakes. That, thankfully, died down.


07-07-2006
Travellers told: Donít forget your health card
By Sarah Womack Ė Social Affairs Correspondent
Two thirds of holidaymakers are unaware that travel insurance cards have replaced the traditional E111 forms that covered them for medical treatment on the Continent, says new research.
The European health insurance card fully replaced the E111 form in January and not carrying one could make travel insurance invalid.
The card was phased in by the Department of Health in August last year and is available free.
It entitles the holder to free or subsidised "essential medical treatment" in all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Unlike the E111, which covered the whole family, every family member must hold a card.

05-07-2006
Our £1,500 beach bags
They used to carry nothing more exciting than a towel, a paperback book and some sun lotion.

These days the contents of a beach bag are rather more valuable.

Researchers found that holidaymakers cram in more than £1,500 worth of gadgets to survive a day by the sea.


04-07-2006
£27,000 for jet-crash trauma girl
By Anil Dawar

A schoolgirl who was traumatised after witnessing a blazing jumbo jet crash yards from her family home was awarded £27,500 by the High Court yesterday.

Remy Spruce, 14, and her mother hid under a kitchen table terrified after they saw the Korean Airlines (KAL) cargo plane heading for them.

Remy, who was eight at the time, had intensive treatment for post traumatic stress disorder caused by the horror of believing she was about to die.




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