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Toilet fumes affect more than 50 at airport

The Local · 20 Oct 2012, 12:30

Published: 20 Oct 2012 12:30 GMT+02:00

Around 53 people were treated for minor injuries after reporting nausea and sore eyes from noxious gases coming from the toilet at Tegel airport, the Berliner Morgenpost reported.

Fire fighters arrived at the scene to investigate the toilet, but upon entering the room they too became ill.

“Since around 7 am police officers from the forensic department have been at Tegel testing the air quality,” police spokesman Martin Dams told the website of Der Spiegel magazine. “A high level of ammonia was measured early this morning,” he added.

Tegel's entire inner lobby was shut and terminal A was also closed, so that the source of the poisonous fumes could be tracked down. Officials re-opened it mid-morning and Dams confirmed that the building, and the toilet in question, had been given a thorough airing.

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Your comments about this article

18:46 October 20, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Well if the airport that I work at is anything to go by, all the cleaners will be Russian with very minimal German so no surprise really....................
07:15 October 21, 2012 by CoolBlueIce
Toilet fumes?... Try living here in China where walking within 50 meters of almost any public restroom will send you into a gagging fit. Even in "nice restaurants" and otherwise modern office buildings, a restroom that does not reek of human feces and urine is almost impossible to find.
08:35 October 21, 2012 by wood artist
This sounds pretty much like the old "don't mix a chlorine bleach and ammonia because it will generate chlorine gas" problem. It may not smell as bad as unprocessed feces, but it's a whole lot worse on your body. Training issue?

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