Who pays for this?

 
Old Jan 26, 03, 7:07 pm
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Who pays for this?

Just a hypothetical situation:
A passenger has a medical emergency and the flight is diverted to the nearest airport (not the destination of the flight) so that the passenger can be treated and removed by the local EMS. I'm sure the airline has to pay landing charges and extra fuel, extra crew pay, etc. Is the sick passenger ever billed for this?
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Old Jan 26, 03, 9:40 pm
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Who pays for what?

oh, the landing charges and extra fuel, extra crew pay, etc. when a plane has to make an emergency landing due to a sick passenger.

i couldn't tell from the Topic title.
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Old Jan 26, 03, 10:09 pm
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What fare is he travelling on?
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Old Jan 26, 03, 10:46 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by fly co to see the yanks:
Who pays for what?

oh, the landing charges and extra fuel, extra crew pay, etc. when a plane has to make an emergency landing due to a sick passenger.

i couldn't tell from the Topic title.
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There really is no reason to be so consistently obnoxious. It is a legitimate question. However, the title does not appear to meet your standards.

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Old Jan 27, 03, 12:13 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Seth:
There really is no reason to be so consistently obnoxious. It is a legitimate question. However, the title does not appear to meet your standards.

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Seth, FCTSTY got busted for stupid thread titles in the past, and just can't help but point out others now. He's from NYC. I understand they teach 'em how to be obnoxious in elementary school....

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I don't think anyone is billed for this. As far as I know, the airline eats the cost as part of operating a business as a commerical air carrier.
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Old Jan 27, 03, 2:10 am
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Liability is an issue here, the potential cost of not responding to a medical emergency (both in terms of $ and publicity) is incredible.

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Old Jan 27, 03, 2:28 am
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No airline has ever billed a sick passenger for the horrendous costs and inconvenience involved! However, here in the UK, if the passenger suffered from a medical condition which could cause this sort of diversion and didn't obtain prior "clearance to travel", the airline could (in theory) pursue the costs.

To my knowledge, this has never been done in aviation history.
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Old Jan 27, 03, 7:49 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Seth:
There really is no reason to be so consistently obnoxious. It is a legitimate question. However, the title does not appear to meet your standards.

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i'll take your thoughtful opinion under advisement.

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Old Jan 27, 03, 7:50 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by duxfan:

Seth, FCTSTY got busted for stupid thread titles in the past, and just can't help but point out others now. He's from NYC. I understand they teach 'em how to be obnoxious in elementary school....

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if memory serves, i may have been "busted" for a grand total of one title in the past so your statement of "titles" is a bit off base.

but, i would note that the title was, indeed, fine.

and, sorry you have poor opinions of new yorkers.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by snake:
Liability is an issue here, the potential cost of not responding to a medical emergency (both in terms of $ and publicity) is incredible.

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I have only been called on twice to lend medical assistance. Once it was mid-flight SFO-IAH and talked with the doc on call. It was an interested experience to be doing that in the cockpit. The other time was on final so there was no time to talk with them, but the paramedics did meet the plane at the gate.


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