Sampling scheme for pyrethroids on multiple surfaces on commercial aircrafts

Krishnan R. Mohan, Clifford P. Weisel

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A wipe sampler for the collection of permethrin from soft and hard surfaces has been developed for use in aircraft. "Disinsection" or application of pesticides, predominantly pyrethrods, inside commercial aircraft is routinely required by some countries and is done on an as-needed basis by airlines resulting in potential pesticide dermal and inhalation exposures to the crew and passengers. A wipe method using filter paper and water was evaluated for both soft and hard aircraft surfaces. Permethrin was analyzed by GC/MS after its ultrasonication extraction from the sampling medium into hexane and volume reduction. Recoveries, based on spraying known levels of permethrin, were 80-100% from table trays, seat handles and rugs; and 40-50% from seat cushions. The wipe sampler is easy to use, requires minimum training, is compatible with the regulations on what can be brought through security for use on commercial aircraft, and readily adaptable for use in residential and other settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-325
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • Aircraft cabin
  • Dermal exposure
  • Pesticides
  • Wipe sampler

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