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May 1996

Airline Policy Relating to Passengers With Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Southern California 2025 Zonal Ave GNH 5641 Los Angeles, CA 90033

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(5):405-406. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550050027014

I read with interest the article titled, "Airline Policy Relating to Passengers With Epilepsy," by Drs Mumford and Warlow, because I answered a call for a physician on an airline.1,2 The medical kit on board was woefully inadequate to treat seizures because it contained no benzodiazpines.

The October 1995, Los Angeles Times printed an article about medical care aboard airplanes. From comments made by airline representatives about on-board medical kits, it seems that some do not take this matter that seriously, as one airline official said, "We are an airline, not a hospital." The airlines could easily add to their medical kits medications to treat seizures. It would be interesting to know what, if any, policy the US Federal Aviation Administration has about the minimum requirements for a medical kit.

It was interesting to read that the airlines that do stock benzodiazepines, stock diazepam, usually in the intravenous form.

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