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Aircraft Noise Pollution and its Disastrous Effects on Health

Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi Jun 18, 2019
Aircraft noise pollution becoming a serious issue with each passing day. Here, we are going to see how aircraft pollution is becoming a global menace and is causing disastrous health effects.
The main reason for aircraft noise pollution is the aircraft and its various parts which make heavy noise during landing and taking off from the airports. Excessive noise is also caused when the aircraft is parked on the ground and tasks such as engine maintenance, taxing, and testing new engines and spare parts are performed.
Most people who work with or near the aircraft have soundproof ear plugs which prevent them from the deafening noise of the plane.
However, people who reside near the airports or places where aircraft are serviced or repaired have to bear the brunt of aircraft noise. They are the victims of that noise and their suffering has no solutions.
Researchers and doctors have talked about the harmful effects of heavy noise pollution for many years but federal bodies are just not taking it seriously. Such high levels of noise can affect the human mind in a negative way and cause a sudden rise in blood pressure. The worst case scenario, it can permanently deafen you!

Aircraft Noise Pollution Control

The problem of aircraft noise pollution has been a topic of discussion since the inception of the first aircraft. This has always happened, technology has created more problems than it can solve. Sure technology gave us wings to fly but then the engines that made the aircraft fly created deafening sounds which had a negative impact on the human health.
There are severe health complications of high noise levels such as hearing problems, hypertension, various heart conditions and sleep deprivation. It's true that as we grow old our hearing gets affected but in many developed countries the impact of air traffic noise is so high that it has unhealthy effects on our hearing from a young age.
A recent medical study also proclaims that loud noise can also cause blackout sometimes. A recent study was conducted by the German government on people residing near Frankfurt airport.
Doctors conducted a check on their overall health and it was seen that loud noise levels due to aircraft landing and taking off significantly affects health and a continuous exposure to such loud noise can lead to more drastic complications.
There are many people bodies in the US who are working to make sure that people living near the airports do not suffer from loud noise levels. They are reaching out to the federal government to make sure that night flying restrictions are implied on every airport which is situated near a residential area.
According to our research, night flying restrictions have been implemented at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted airports in UK, Frankfurt airport in Germany. As per these restrictions which are imposed by a governing body there should be a limit to the noise produced by the aircraft, especially during the nighttime when majority of the population is sound asleep.
This means that during the nighttime the aircraft which make the most noise wouldn't be allowed to take off or land at the airport. The time limits are mostly from 11 PM to 7 AM.
It's not that the US federal government is not concerned about the health of its citizens, they are trying to adopt new rules and regulations against aircraft noise pollution so that the health of the citizens is not compromised.
The main reason the implementation is taking so much time is because out of the total revenue of the country almost 50% comes from imports and exports. Exporting and importing goods through air is not only cheap but also fast, plus there's also an increase in air traffic due to globalization and cheap air fare.
Limiting the number of flights means heavy loses which can go in billions for the country and it can affect everything on a larger scale. The best solution is an introduction of engines and engine parts which make very less sound while operating. Boeing, Airbus, Are you listening?