Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)

This paper explores an aspect of medical history that has been overlooked in existing academic studies of commercial air travel, and advances a new historiography of airline passenger health and commercial aviation medicine. The introduction of jet-powered passenger aircraft by British Overseas Airw...

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Main Authors: Lucy Budd, Morag Bell, Adam Warren
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Published: 2012
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Online Access:https://hdl.handle.net/2134/9882
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spelling rr-article-94511512012-01-01T00:00:00Z Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974) Lucy Budd (1257777) Morag Bell (1254462) Adam Warren (1255863) Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified Aviation medicine Airline passenger health Commercial aviation Medical history Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified This paper explores an aspect of medical history that has been overlooked in existing academic studies of commercial air travel, and advances a new historiography of airline passenger health and commercial aviation medicine. The introduction of jet-powered passenger aircraft by British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) in 1952 presented a new set of epidemiological, chronobiological, and physiological passenger health concerns. These resulted from the increased size, speed, range, and cruising altitude of commercial jet aircraft. Drawing on extensive archival research, this paper explores the nature of these ‘new’ aeromedical challenges. It places them within the context of much earlier concerns about healthy travel, including military interest in the influence of flight on the human body. Focusing on B.O.A.C., the paper examines the ways in which one major airline responded to the passenger health challenges jet air travel posed, and assesses the extent to which B.O.A.C.’s responses transformed practices of aviation medicine. 2012-01-01T00:00:00Z Text Journal contribution 2134/9882 https://figshare.com/articles/journal_contribution/Taking_care_in_the_air_jet_air_travel_and_passenger_health_a_study_of_British_Overseas_Airways_Corporation_1940-1974_/9451151 CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
institution Loughborough University
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topic Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Aviation medicine
Airline passenger health
Commercial aviation
Medical history
Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
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Aviation medicine
Airline passenger health
Commercial aviation
Medical history
Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Lucy Budd
Morag Bell
Adam Warren
Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
description This paper explores an aspect of medical history that has been overlooked in existing academic studies of commercial air travel, and advances a new historiography of airline passenger health and commercial aviation medicine. The introduction of jet-powered passenger aircraft by British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) in 1952 presented a new set of epidemiological, chronobiological, and physiological passenger health concerns. These resulted from the increased size, speed, range, and cruising altitude of commercial jet aircraft. Drawing on extensive archival research, this paper explores the nature of these ‘new’ aeromedical challenges. It places them within the context of much earlier concerns about healthy travel, including military interest in the influence of flight on the human body. Focusing on B.O.A.C., the paper examines the ways in which one major airline responded to the passenger health challenges jet air travel posed, and assesses the extent to which B.O.A.C.’s responses transformed practices of aviation medicine.
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author Lucy Budd
Morag Bell
Adam Warren
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Morag Bell
Adam Warren
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title Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
title_short Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
title_full Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
title_fullStr Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
title_full_unstemmed Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
title_sort taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of british overseas airways corporation (1940-1974)
publishDate 2012
url https://hdl.handle.net/2134/9882
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