SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 885 times:
I don't want to alarm anyone but...
I just finished watching the TV movie "No Where to Land" and I thought, couldn't it be possible to place a large amount of anthrax by a vent in a plane? Correct me if I'm wrong, can't anthrax be spreaded by air? What do you think?
RoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 867 times:
Anthrax is spread by inhalation of spores, from what I've read on CNN (at least the inhalation kind). It is not contagious becuase you have to directly inhale the spores...but if someone dumped spores into the ventilation system...
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 855 times:
Yeah, spores COULD be transmitted via the ventilation systems. But remember, there is very little movement forward or aft of air, so any distribution will be limited to a few rows. Also (on the Boeing's i'm familiar with -- 767/747/777) the filters would be able to catch the spores to prevent them from spreading. Not to mention that about 80% of the air coming into the cabin is fresh and only 20% is recycled.