Publication Date

Spring 5-2023


School of Aeronautics


Aviation: Aviation Administration


Cabin Crew, Mental Health, Physical Wellness, Pilot, Flight Safety


Aviation | Aviation Safety and Security | Medical Sciences | Mental and Social Health


Since its conception in 1903, aviation has captivated the attention of people across the globe and has been utilized in many sectors of society. Aviation related occupations pose a unique set of risks to those working in the field, health risks being one of the most prominent. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal ailments, and genetic damage have all been studied as potential consequences of working in the aviation industry, as some studies indicate a higher prevalence of these issues in aviation employees. Apart from physiological issues, mental health issues have also been observed in those working in aviation. Mental health issues affect military pilots, commercial pilots, and cabin crew; however, each sample displayed different ailments due to the distinctive differences in their occupations and duties. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has guardrails in place to prevent adverse health affecting the safety of flight, and to protect the industry overall. However, the effectiveness of these safeguards is called into question, as most studies depicted an alarming rate of mental health issues in aviation related jobs. Contrarily, any physical health issues of the participants did not appear to be a direct consequence of flying, however they could be further agitated by partaking in it.