The good news is a woman who stopped breathing onboard a Frontier Airlines flight survived. The bad news is that treating her became more difficult and her chance of death more likely because Frontier Airlines did not properly stock its medical kit.
Medical Kit Missing Essential Items On Frontier Airlines
A woman stopped breathing on a Frontier Airlines flights from Phoenix (PHX) to Las Vegas (LAS) on March 21, 2022. Flight attendants called for help and a man from North Carolina named Seth Coley was the only one to step forward. He is a trained wilderness first responder.
The passenger onboard had a very weak pulse and was not breathing. Coley called for the medical kit, the first aid kit onboard, whose contents are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, and quickly looked for an oropharyngeal airway or a nasopharyngeal airway inside.
But there were none.
Coley was able to get the woman breathing again “by manipulating her neck and airway” but his job became more treacherous without either device.
After the flight he wrote to Frontier Airlines, hoping that he could ensure that their medical kits were reviewed and the budget airline would ensure that oropharyngeal airways were stocked on future flights.
Ne never heard back, so after several weeks he took to social media.
“Frontier Airlines I understand you’re a budget airline, but if you’re gonna continue operating in the United States. Please had the decency to have simple medical life-saving tools on board. That way when something happens, AND IT DOES, someone like me can do something about it. Rather than having to go ￼to the news and explain why someone just died on your aircraft because of your lack of common sense.￼”
Frontier Airlines has yet to respond, but the FAA requires the following items in a plane’s medical it:
Notice the third item…
If an airline is cutting corners on its medical kit, it raises other questions about the safety of the airline.
A man who saved the life of another passenger onboard encountered difficulty when a critical item was missing from the plane’s emergency medical kit. I wonder how often these kits are audited or reviewed? Failing to stock a critical item does not inspire confidence in the airline itself.
image: Frontier Airlines