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How various airlines handle sick passengers

December 16, 2009

Medical care in the air

Airline officials offered varying accounts of how they handle sick passengers:

American Airlines: Each airplane has a medical kit that contains masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes and thermometer strips. The supplies are intended for crew members and doctors who volunteer to aid a sick passenger.

Southwest Airlines: Each airplane carries 50 masks for both sick customers and passengers sitting nearby.

JetBlue Airways: "H1N1 kits" issued to each airplane have five masks in them.

Virgin America: Twenty masks are available on each flight.

United Airlines: Masks are available on request on flights.

U.S. Airways: Airplanes are issued masks.

Rong-Gong Lin II

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