US-based Essex Industries is fighting to persuade airlines around the world to fit protective breathing equipment (PBE) in cabins.

Because all the company's smoke hoods use the latest technology in protection from heat and smoke inhalation, the US Air Force, US Secret Service and even Air Force One, the US presidential aircraft, have them as a standard fitting.

However, although the FAA recommends installation on commercial passenger aircraft it's not a legal requirement, except for crew members.

The PBE displayed by Essex on Stand D14, Hall 3, supplies 100% compressed oxygen rather than chemically generated oxygen. It provides protection from smoke for up to one hour and temperatures up to 1,800°F.

Source: Flight Daily News