In 1993, aircraft emitted 350 million pounds of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides during landing and takeoff cycles, more than double 1970 levels, according to a National Resource Defence Council report. These two classes of compounds are precursors of ground-level ozone, which can interfere with lung function.
During the summer, between 10% and 20% of all East Coast hospital admissions for respiratory problems may be ozone-related.
I watched this video and all I could think of was disease. We look like a virus.
More on flight patterns HERE.