Traveling with an AED

Not long after we posted about purchasing an AED for emergencies both at home and away, a parent whose child was diagnosed with LQT as a result of our screening, wondered about traveling with the AED in an airplane. Unfortunately, she was told recently by a major airlines that she could not bring batteries on board, so she did not bring the AED with her when she traveled. What a shame!

We wondered about policy for taking an AED on a plane. This is what we discovered:

Flying with an AED should not be a problem. Whether an AED is being checked or in a carry-on, the battery should be removed. It is, however, allowed on the plane. The battery is also allowed on the plane.

In the USA, all commercial air crafts which carry more than 30 passengers are mandated to have an AED on board. This means if your battery is out of your AED, you still have an AED to count on when seconds count. Flight staff are trained in their usage.

Also, there are also emergency medical kits onboard, though a doctor must be able to administer say, nitroglycerin tablets, which are used to relieve chest pain. That’s why you hear the frantic request, ‘Is there a doctor on board?’ if someone is unwell. While having a medical emergency on a plane is not ideal, it turns out, a shocking number of doctors are up in the friendly skies and do administer these medications.

What a great question! We are happy to get some clarification around the subject of flying with AED’s.

Any other heart related questions? Let us know! We are always keen to spread the word.