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In Brief: Automatic external defibrillators on airlines

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Automatic external defibrillators on airlines: Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) introduces legislation (S 1584) Jan. 29 that would direct the Federal Aviation Administration chief to decide whether or not to require AEDs on aircraft and in airports. The FAA administrator would be required to make the decision after reevaluating regulations regarding the medical equipment and flight attendant training for commercial airlines and receiving monthly reports from airlines detailing deaths on aircraft. In addition, the bill eliminates liability for individuals responding to an in-flight medical emergency, except in the case of gross negligence or willful misconduct. Frist's measure is a companion to a House bill (HR 2843) introduced in November by Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.)...
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