When passengers become patients

Emirates Airbus A380
An ambulance crew meets an Emirates A380 on the ground at Moscow/Domodedovo Vladimir Gerdo\TASS via Getty Images

Once upon a time, a traveller suffering from an abrupt loss of heart function while flying would often be in trouble. The passenger-turned-patient could typically expect to receive basic first aid from the flight crew, followed by an expedited landing at a nearby airfield and prompt attention from ground-based medics.

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