What do you all think about cosmic radiation? Can anyone provide additional insight?
The following information was derived from the UAL pamphlet, "Frequently asked Questions about Cosmic Radiation". This pamphlet was published as a source of information for crewmembers to address their risks.
From what I've read, only those who fly very frequently (i.e. flight crew) are at risk. Apparently, a crewmember flying long haul routes for 20 years would have a 23.3% rate of developing cancer.
The three general hypothetical risks are:
·Risk to an unborn child.
Three factors which affect the amount of exposure:
1) Flight altitude and duration at that altitude
2) Geographic latitude of that flight
3) Stage of the solar cycle
"Aircraft usually fly at high latitude or polar routes between the U.S. and Europe or Asia; therefore these international routes are more exposed compared to domestic operations".
Your opinions, please.
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