Some Nassau County Residents Say Airplane Noise Makes Them Sick -- And It Might Get Worse

October 18, 2018 - 3:09 pm

MALVERNE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Airplane noise has made some Nassau County residents sick, and now with a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport possibly set to close, some residents will have more airplanes going over their homes.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, airplanes go over Elaine Miller’s house in Malverne every few minutes.

She and her husband say they worked very hard for the house they have owned since 1996, and plans to close a runway at JFK for six months next year for repairs, and more planes going in one direction, Miller said it is going to be a nightmare.

“I can get over 300 planes in a 24-hour period, and they are low, and they are loud,” Miller told Hall as another plane passed.

Nearby, Jana Goldenberg from Plane Sense for Long Island is constantly on her smartphone, looking at flight patterns near her home. That is because there could be hundreds of planes that fly near her home in a 24-hour period of time.

“We have constant, nonstop, all day long,” Goldenberg said. “I do not have barbecues. I do not invite people over to my house.”

Goldenberg also uses the Air Noise Button. She presses it when she hears a plane near her house, and the system records where and what flight number it is and reports the findings to the Port Authority.

“I always had low blood pressure. I wasn’t allowed to give blood. And about, I don’t know, 10, 11 months ago, I was put on blood pressure medicine,” she said. “I know that this is coming from all the stress coming from these planes because I don’t sleep at night.”

Miller also said her health is at risk.

“Headaches happen. High blood pressure – I feel my blood pressure going up. As a matter of fact, I just went to the doctor and he said, ‘Your blood pressure is much higher than it ever was before,’” Miller said.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not respond to Hall’s request for comment.