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The Red Sweat Mystery  
User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 19
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19956 times:

Apparently, back in the 70's, there was a phenomenon affecting flight attendants on certain Eastern Airlines flights; shortly after take off, some of them (flight attendants only, no pilots, no passengers) developed itching rashes and spots in their necks and hands, which would ooze blood-like fluid; they would dissappear as spontaneously as they appeared a few minutes to hours thereafter.

I've done some research here, to no avail. Has anybody heard about this?

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User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2713 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19932 times:

Interesting, first time I hear this! The only other phenomenon that I know where flight attendants experienced symptoms of sickness somewhat similar to this was also in the mid-70s onboard Pan Am's 747SP's. When working particularly the trans-polar flights like JFK-Tokyo, some of the flight attendants would experience nausea, which led to throwing up blood.

I believe that the reason was found to be that the pilots were programming the cabin to have the wrong amount of oxygen level, given that these planes were flying at extremely high altitudes and such step was taken to save fuel burn.

LatinPlane


User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19922 times:

Sounds nasty, and first I've heard of this too. Given the F/A's experience a higher number of sectors per year than the average passenger, I'd be inclined to think it was pressure or gas related as Latinplane has indicated.

Most peculiar indeed.



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User currently offlineGearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 19806 times:

Quoting Adriaticus (Thread starter):
Apparently, back in the 70's, there was a phenomenon affecting flight attendants on certain Eastern Airlines flights; shortly after take off, some of them (flight attendants only, no pilots, no passengers) developed itching rashes and spots in their necks and hands, which would ooze blood-like fluid; they would disappear as spontaneously as they appeared a few minutes to hours thereafter.

This mystery is the subject of a test in the Kepnor-Tregoe problem solving and decision making course. It is used to get people to think in a structured and logical way to solve mysteries. You might try Kepnor-Tregoe resources to get details. If I remember correctly, the rash and colouration was due to the demonstration life vests that were only on the A300. They had a painted slogan in red that said "for demonstration purposes only". It appears that this paint came off easily and caused the irritation and blood-like appearances which affected the cabin crew but the affects wore off quite quickly.

GU



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17003 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 19780 times:

Quoting Halophila (Reply 2):
Given the F/A's experience a higher number of sectors per year than the average passenger, I'd be inclined to think it was pressure or gas related as Latinplane has indicated.

Ironically I fly long haul more than most long haul flight crews. So if you see me suddenly get superhuman powers, blame it on cosmic radiation Big grin



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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19660 times:

The red sweat was caused by the red dye on the demonstration life vests the F/A's used to don as part of the emergency equipment briefing. The dye would bleed through the F/A's uniform without staining it noticeably and show up on the skin. It caused a bit of a scare until the reason was found.

User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 19577 times:

Thanks to your help, this is what I found:

http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/1980-3/1980-03-19-CBS-20.html

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