Fri, Jan 31, 2003
World Health Organization Says Airlines Won't Supply Enough
Self-Incriminating Data, Fast Enough
The WHO, on a hunt to see if long flights can actually cause
DVT, or deep-vein thrombosis, is frustrated at the slow pace of
delivery of data, from the airlines they've beseeched.
Sitting immobile for long periods of time, dehydration, and
alcohol consumption, all common on airline flights, can all
exacerbate the conditions that result in DVT, or what some media
wonks call, "economy class syndrome," in their attempt to make a
class war out of the issue of the width of the seats in
The WHO's research has been slowed by the airlines' lack of
urgency in producing data, one researcher reportedly told Reuters.
He was quoted as being understanding: "The airlines are not really
used to this kind of research. That, combined with a defensive
position -- being scared of publicity, lawsuits or losing travelers
-- has helped cause delays [in gathering information]."
The IATA says the airlines are doing what they can. [After all,
they have to give priority to earning their money
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