Some travellers spend thousands of hours of their lives cooped-up in aeroplane cabins – what happens when there’s a medical emergency mid-flight?
Well, according to Marcia Le Roux, an executive at Europ Assistance South Africa, airlines are now mandated to have emergency medical support at the ready at all times.
The support isn’t limited to professionals on the ground – in fact, the International Air Transport Association is making sure that flight crews are trained, too.
The trained staff are usually equipped with defibrillators and medical kits, and are ready for frequent in-flight qualms like gastrointestinal issues and weakness or fainting.
“This is due to the high incident rate of medical emergencies aboard aircrafts,” says Le Roux, “as well as the massive cost involved to divert or re-route a single flight.”
Airline crew are often aided by passengers, as well. Doctors on board as passengers have been known to save lives mid-air!
In reality, however, more serious emergencies often warrant re-routing, and for these specific situations, airlines have partnered up with medical assistance providers on the ground to have intensive attention ready for touchdown.
Airports have emergency services on standby at all times, and paramedics are no exception.
Flying is, statistically, the safest way to travel, and these new regulations reinforce that fact! Fly stress free knowing that you’re always in safe hands, but always be prepared for your own existing conditions.