The pressure in the jet cabin should be maintained at all times, this is to ensure that the temperature inside the cabinet remains constant during travel .However there are cases where the pressure changes affecting the people traveling via the airplane. It may lead to irritation of the ears, nose bleeding and many more.
In cases like this pilots are trained to bring the plane down to warmer conditions that have enough oxygen. At high altitude their limited oxygen which will give passengers about 18 minutes to wear their oxygen masks.
Pressure variation in the cabin can be caused by mechanical issues from airplane maintenance, an instant problem with the pressure maintenance system or human error.
On September 20th, an airplane experienced fluctuations in pressure affecting all the passengers in the direction. Most of the passengers suffered from ear and nosebleeds, others experienced headaches and nausea.
Unlike other cases, the above case was caused out of human error. This occurred after the pilots forgot to switch on the pressure maintenance system. Anyone in the UK who has found themselves in this situation would be immediately booking in for a free hearing test.
But for one of the passengers, Mukesh Sharma experienced bleeding in his ears and has to undergo an audiometry test from the Jaipur Hospital to access the level of damage the pressure difference had caused on his hearing abilities. The results were not pleasing; he was told that his hearing is permanently impaired.
According to Sharma’s doctor, he suffers from barotraumas. Barotraumas is described as blockage of the Eustachian tube that connects the ear and the mouth. This was caused by the pressure difference inside and outside the ear. He was then advised to undergo a surgical producer and get cochlear implants to be able to hear again.
Despite his amazing career as a research scholar in Portugal, he had to quit his job despite the huge expenses from his treatment, the cost of the implants not forgetting the additional cost for the surgery.
Other than Sharma another passenger Kala is enduring the same fate. However Kala to it upon himself to approach the jetway service seeking compensation. Kala’s family highly backs him up after the jetways decided to turn him down after going through his bills, claiming it’s not fair. The family now prepares to take the matter to the next level, the consumer court, and seek justice for Kala.
Despite the promise of compensation, several passengers now complain of no compensation. Taking the pilots who caused the incident may be a smart move, But what happens to the passengers? The civil aviation ministry has ordered a report from the DGCA concerning the issue of no compensation.
According to an official at the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau ( AAIB) said that it was the pilot’s fault of negligence. Since controlling cabin pressure is among the essential checks that have to be considered during flight operation.
The fate of the passengers now lies in the hand of jetways. The big question being will the keep their promise and compensate the passengers? Or will they ignore their request and face them at the customer court?