What Happens If You Get Ill on a Flight?

In most developed countries, we take health care for granted. Not feeling well? You go to see your local doctor. If it’s an emergency, you call an ambulance and within minutes you’ll have professional help at your door. If it’s really serious, they can whisk you off to the nearest hospital.

But what if you start to feel unwell on a flight? When you’re in a pressurised metal tube seven miles above the ocean in the middle of the night. The only source of help seems to be your cabin crew, but they just serve food and drinks, right? All of a sudden, that ambulance on the end of a 911 call seems a millions miles away.

However, there’s help at hand. And it’s closer and more advanced than you may think.

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