Delta Stops Verifying Medical Credentials For Inflight Emergencies, and Aeroplan Award Booking Trick

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  1. Re: the Delta doctor thing, almost every airline contracts with 1 of 2 medical programs that provides guidance to flights in the event of medical emergencies. One of those programs is on the top floor of my hospital and I even got to see it in action one night last year — you’d be amazed at what an Emergency doc can assess and recommend over the phone to a plane 35,000 feet in the air. While having a doctor or other medically trained professional on board is desired, it’s not required. And anybody who offers help and doesn’t assess Circulation, Airway, and Breathing in an emergency first can be taken to be a fraud 😉

    Fun fact: AA 187 ORD-PEK is the most common flight they get a call from (at least when I asked last year)

  2. @Gary I’m not sure I ever understood this fear that non-doctors will suddenly want to play doctor on an airplane packed with witnesses/passengers. Assuming liability for someone’s life in such a way isn’t something you can exactly just walk away from after the flight lands…

  3. i agree. whenever they ask for volunteers i’m always hoping there’s SOMEONE else on the flight to push the button. that’s the ultimate “not it”

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