40 Things About Air Travel That Only Flight Attendants Know

13. What Happens if There’s a Medical Emergency on a Plane?

Flight attendants are trained to act as first responders to a medical emergency on a plane. They can administer CPR and perform the Heimlich maneuver. All planes are equipped with first aid kits and those carrying more than 30 passengers have defibrillators.

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Most times, the cabin crew will page the passengers to see if there’s a doctor onboard. In grave situations, a pilot can decide to divert and ground the plane. This usually takes about 15 minutes on domestic flights but can be more difficult on overseas trips.

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