Medical emergencies such as heart attacks or cardiac arrests on planes are one of the most series events that can take place in the air, and having a portable defibrillator can be the difference between life and death. Here travel journalist and expert Pete Barden compiles a list of airlines that carry this essential piece of lifesaving medical kit.
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|AIRLINE||AED DEFIBRILLATOR ON BOARD||MEDICAL INFO|
|Air France||Yes||More details here|
|Air Lingus||Yes||More details here|
|Air New Zealand||Yes||More details here|
|Aegean||No - but plans to introduce||More detail here|
|All Nippon Airlines||Yes||More details here|
|British Airways||Yes||More details here|
|Cathay Pacific||Yes||More details here|
|easyJet||Yes||More details here|
|Emirates||Yes||More details here|
|Etihad||Yes||More details here|
|Finnair||Yes||More details here|
|Japan Airlines||Yes||More details here|
|Jet2||Yes||More details here|
|KLM||Yes||More details here|
|Lufthansa||Yes||More details here|
|Norwegian||Yes||More details here|
|Qantas||Awaiting response||More details here|
|Qatar||Yes||More details here|
|Ryanair||Yes||More details here|
|SAS||Yes||More details here|
|Singapore Airlines||Yes||More details here|
|Swiss Air||Yes||More details here|
|TUI||Yes||More details here|
|Virgin Atlantic||Yes||More details here|
While the chances of suffering a cardiac arrest on a plane are extremely rare, delay to treatment and failure to have a AED defibrillator on board will drastically cut the chances of successful resuscitation. There have been several reports of successful resuscitation of victims on planes as a result of prompt action by flight attendants using onboard defibrillators.
It is well known that sitting still for long periods combined with dehydration and lower oxygen levels on planes can make it more likely for blood clots to form. Such issues could potentially leave some passengers more susceptible to heart attack, stroke or even cardiac arrest.
According to the UK-based Resuscitation Council: "At present there is no requirement for all airlines to carry defibrillators."
However, Since 2004, the US Federal Aviation Authority has required all US commercial airlines to carry defibrillators on passenger flights that have at least one flight attendant and to train cabin crew how to use them.
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Author: Pete Barden:
Pete Barden is a qualified journalist who has written and produced for publications including The Sun (thesun.co.uk), New Statesman Media Group, Whatcar? (Whatcar.com) Stuff Magazine (Stuff.tv), Fastcar Magazine (Fastcar.co.uk), Maxim Magazine and UK broadcast stations within the Heart network (Formerly GCAP). Pete specialises in motoring and travel content, along with news and production roles. You can find out more about Pete Barden on LinkedIn.