Discussion of "Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in aircraft cabins--a source of human exposure?" by Anna Christiansson et al. [Chemosphere 73(10) (2008) 1654-1660]

Chemosphere. 2010 Jan;78(2):206-8. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2009.09.072. Epub 2009 Oct 28.


This paper presents new data on the levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in American airline workers. This pilot study did not find elevated total PBDEs in the blood of nine flight attendants and one aircraft pilot who have worked in airplanes for at least the past 5 years. These findings are not consistent with the findings of elevated blood levels of PBDEs from the 2008 Christiansson et al. publication "Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in aircraft cabins - A source of human exposure?" We agree that more research needs to be done on larger, more representative samples of airline workers to better characterize exposure of airline workers and other frequent flyers to PBDEs.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aircraft*
  • Dust / analysis
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Female
  • Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers / blood*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Exposure / analysis*


  • Dust
  • Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers