U.S. airlines are required to have medical kits available on each and every flight we all take. While this is good news and comforting, the reality is that these kits have not been updated via the FAA in 20 years. About one out of every 600 flights has an in-flight medical emergency. *
In 2019, the Aerospace Medical Association, which advises the FAA, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the kits carry additional items, including electronic blood pressure cuffs, auto-injectors for epinephrine, pediatric doses of epinephrine, antihistamines and pain relievers.
Small changes could be the difference in life or death of a passenger. Contact the FAA and let them know you'd like to see updates made to medical kits available on flights.
✈️ Contact the FAA: https://www.faa.gov/contact
*: 2019 report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
📸: American Cancer Society