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How To Protect Yourself From Environmental Pollution On Planes

I wanted to have a little conversation about environmental pollution that we often face on planes, specifically about the pesticides being sprayed on airplanes.

This is very personal to me because I live in Bali, Indonesia, and I fly to Australia quite often to do my tours and events there. And many of you may know, I speak about health and how to avoid chemicals, especially carcinogenic chemicals and things of that nature.

When I fly to Perth, about 10 or 20 minutes before landing, they literally get out two aerosol cans of pesticides to kill bugs. They walk down the aisle very slowly, and they pretty much douse the entire plane, over people’s heads. I’d just like to say that pesticides are known to be hormone disruptors. They’re known in many cases to actually be carcinogenic. Meaning they cause cancers in the cells.

So, if you guys can imagine you are sitting there on the plane, and somebody is spraying – massively dousing – chemical pesticides over your head it’s probably not healthy.

Now I do understand that we have different environments around the world. I understand that maybe, there’s mosquitoes, or maybe there’s bugs, or maybe there’s things going on that we don’t wanna bring from Bali, or India, or these different places, into our home countries. There could be a contamination – it could cause a problem. So, I understand that. But we should be given tools to keep these things from being inhaled directly.

So Why Is This Chemical Spray Used And What Exactly Is It?

Here is why it’s used:
“The process of ‘disinfection’ is required under the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on flights to and from certain destinations to prevent infectious and contagious diseases carried by insects and other volatile bodies. Rules established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) require that disinfection does not injure or cause discomfort to passengers or crew. These rules permit the use of certain insecticides, which have the approval of and are recommended by the WHO based on their effectiveness and safety.”
Read more: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/airplane-cabin-spraying/…

Here is what it is:
For aircraft disinfection, WHO currently recommends d-phenothrin (2%) for space spraying and permethrin (2%) for residual disinfection.”
Here is just a bit of what the website says about these Chemicals:
Signs of Toxicity – Animals
• Type I pyrethroids including d-phenothrin have been associated with acute signs of neurotoxicity when administered to rats via oral or intravenous routes of exposure. Signs of acute toxicity in animals may include aggression, increased stimulus response, convulsive twitching, tremors, coma, and death.11
• Other signs of toxicity in animals include excessive salivation, ear twitching and paw flicking from oral and dermal sensory nerve stimulation. Animals may also experience vomiting, diarrhea, and topical allergic reactions.12
• Cats may be particularly sensitive to d-phenothrin. Neurotoxic symptoms including tremors, excess salivation and seizures have been reported following treatment of cats with spot-on flea and tick products containing d-phenothrin. As a result, flea and tick spot-on products containing d-phenothrin were canceled for use on cats and kittens in 2005.1

The Need To Protect Yourself From Environmental Pollution On Planes

But as well as understanding the need to keep certain bugs from coming into other countries, I also understand that human health is very important, especially if you’re flying a lot. So what I do recommend is essentially, getting yourself a gas mask.

If more and more people started wearing gas masks, not only will you be protecting yourself, but enough people might just start questioning and waking up and maybe start writing to the airlines with their complaints.

We do not deserve to be filled with pesticides for travelling, we have basic right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I wanna go through a few different options here that I’ve tried myself (if you want to see what they look like I recommend you watch the video).

Option For Protection: Masks On Planes

The most basic option is a little dust mask. This is what my wife and I first used and we’d throw a blanket or a sarong over our heads, to at least stop the larger drops of spray.

However I realised that there’s smaller particles of the spray that can still get through, so I decided to look for something more heavy duty. I picked up a painters mask that have more filters to block out chemicals. (You can find them at stores like Bunnings or any type of shop that sells paint supplies).

But since my health is just so important to me I decided to go all out and I got a full military grade gas mask with a speaking device (so you can put it on and you can actually talk through it). But admittedly you might freak some people out! They might think you’re a terrorist! So, you probably want to avoid this one (not to mention it’s pretty expensive). But in terms of protection it is the best option as then no chemicals are getting into your eyes or your lungs

How To Not Look Like A Terrorist But Still Protect Yourself

Since I don’t expect you to buy and spend that much money on a gas mask, I recommend a combination of a dust mask, sarong and essential oils.
Essential oils of lavender, peppermint, lemon, frankincense have the ability to grab different nanoparticles and create a beautiful space for you.

I take essential oils with me on planes everywhere I go, whether they’re spraying anything or not, because the air inside is never that great. Often you’ve got people farting around you, weird smells and the air being recycled for the whole 8-12 hour flight. Even on short flights, I’m using essential oils because it’s good for the cells, it cleans everything out and it’s good for the lungs.

pesticides on planes

If you are on a plane where they spray insecticide during the flight this is what I recommend you do. Cover yourself with a little blanket, and put on a little mask, and give yourself about 15 minutes of being under there whilst everything settles, goes through everybody else’s lungs, and kills all the bugs and all that stuff. Maybe after 15 or even 20 minutes, then you could take off the blanket, take off the mask, use some essential oils, and at least you’ll prevent the brunt of that pure aerosol pesticide coming into your lungs and into your body.

So that’s what I wanted to share. Awareness is key.

Thanks for reading this and watching this video.

Share this with family and friends. Most of us travel internationally now and would benefit from this advice. You can also check out the Facebook post and live video from the plane here.

Thanks for reading,

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