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snopes 18 March 2015 07:16 PM

Flight attendants can't donate organs/blood?
Comment: I read of a rumor today that seems implausible to me: that flight
attendants are not allowed to be organ donors, because the career is so
tough on their bodies.

This assertion appears, for example, in this Calgary Journal piece:

A Google search shows it appearing on various internet forums as well.


Comment: I recently heard a rumor that after working for 3 months flight
attendants can no longer donate blood and after 3 years they can't donate

Dr. Dave 18 March 2015 07:23 PM

I've never heard that. The small grain that might affect blood donation eligibility is if they have traveled outside the U.S. a lot or to certain countries. You may be deferred if your travel puts you at risk to carry malaria or a variant of the mad cow virus.

A Turtle Named Mack 18 March 2015 07:47 PM

I could possibly see there being an effect from exposure to gamma rays. Most of those are absorbed in the troposphere (lowest level of atmosphere), and planes fly higher than the bulk (by mass, not depth) of the troposphere. That exposure for so many hours every week could potentially damage blood and other organs, probably temporarily, but potentially enough to require deferral. But I have never previously heard this rumor either.

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