SliderInFlight_researchResearchers at Harvard School of Public Health conducted a landmark study in 2007 on this subject, and follow-up today is needed to understand trends in flight attendant health over time.

  • Over 4,000 flight attendants participated in the first study, which was the largest epidemiologic surveillance on flight attendant health in the U.S.
  • We surveyed flight attendants from two domestic U.S. airlines in 2007 and compared the prevalence of their health conditions to the general U.S. population in NHANES
  • The prevalence of respiratory disease amongst flight attendants was approximately three times that found in the general U.S. population.
  • In addition, sleep disorders, fatigue, depression and heart disease were greatly increased in female Flight Attendants compared to the U.S. population.
  • Female flight attendants reported 34% more reproductive cancers.
  • Health conditions that increased with longer job tenure as a flight attendant were chronic bronchitis, heart disease in females, skin cancer, hearing loss, depression and anxiety, even after adjusting for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), education, and smoking
  • Release of the FAA Report (Coming Soon!)

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Download the poster we presented at the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology Conference: Air Transportation and Flight Attendant Health