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What happens if someone has a medical emergency during a flight?

There are many things that you and other New York residents may be afraid of when you fly, ranging from electrical malfunctions on the plane to the pilot losing control and crashing. While these occurrences may be rare, other in-flight mishaps, such as medical emergencies, are more common. You may wonder if there are standard protocols to deal with such events.

MarketWatch explains that in-flight medical emergencies occur every day on airplanes across the country. In most cases, flight personnel are able to deal with these incidents with the on-board emergency medical kit or a heart defibrillator, which are required equipment in all commercial airplanes. Flight crews are also trained in basic first aid and instructed on how to handle many medical emergency situations and other unexpected events that regularly occur in the air. It can also reassure you to know that doctors and nurses are often passengers on flights, and they are usually willing to help in the event of a medical emergency.

Additionally, medical professionals are often employed by airlines to consult from the ground with pilots to help them decide if they should make an emergency landing or continue to the original destination. Some pilots, which you may find surprising to learn, are hesitant to deviate from a flight, since their airlines can pressure them to avoid a costly emergency landing.

Pilots make important decisions during each flight, and sometimes they get these decisions wrong. This information is meant to inform you about certain airline procedures, but it should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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