Baby Almost Dies Due to Airplane Temperature

Old Jun 26, 17, 3:06 pm
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News reports of a baby on UX 4644, 26 June 2017, flight that became overheated on the ground due to aircraft's cabin temperature
Departure was delayed due to local weather issues include high temperatures.
Mother and crew attempted to cool child but as things worsen an ambulance was called -- took 30 minutes to arrive.
Child was taken to local hospital and recovered.

http://kdvr.com/2017/06/24/baby-over...ght-in-denver/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rs-tarmac.html

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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:12 pm
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In my experience, more often than not, UA planes are too warm. Period.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by demkr View Post
In my experience, more often than not, UA planes are too warm. Period.
While on the ground, definitely. But once you have reached cruising altitude sometimes it gets too cold.

LH on the other hand likes their planes pretty warm, no matter where you are.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by altbg View Post
While on the ground, definitely. But once you have reached cruising altitude sometimes it gets too cold.

LH on the other hand likes their planes pretty warm, no matter where you are.
Too cold is kind of a place that can't exist in an airplane or a submarine.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:34 pm
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Hopefully this will prod Congress to do something about roasting passengers during ground delays.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:37 pm
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Or teach parents not to travel at the hottest time of the day with such a young baby.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Plane-is-home View Post
Or teach parents not to travel at the hottest time of the day with such a young baby.
Did you even read the article before coming up with that gem of a response?

her baby became overheated after they waited nearly two hours inside an airplane that was delayed on the tarmac at Denver International Airport, and that it took an estimated 30 minutes to leave the plane once she requested an ambulance ... France boarded their 1:50pm flight at around 1:20pm, one of the first passengers to board; she took her seat at the rear of the aircraft. There was no air conditioning on the aircraft and only hot air blew from the vents, according to France. At first, the mother used wet wipes on the baby’s neck and shirt to cool him down. But with the plane sitting there even longer to allow for additional fuel to be added, the heat worsened. Flight attendants brought ice in a garbage bag to place on the baby, but his condition deteriorated.
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Originally Posted by Plane-is-home View Post
Or teach parents not to travel at the hottest time of the day with such a young baby.
Really?

I think it is well within expectations to have United provide temperatures aboard their aircraft that does not put the life of a 4 month old in jeopardy. Or should they have known months ago (when they probably bought the ticket) how hot it was going to be on this particular day?

Really feel for the parent on this one. Had to be a horrible experience to go through.
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United, and their express partners, have a bad habit of reducing APU use, in favor of ground power systems that don't appear powerful enough to keep temperatures appropriate.

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Too cold is kind of a place that can't exist in an airplane or a submarine.
Exactly.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by N1120A View Post
United, and their express partners, have a bad habit of reducing APU use, in favor of ground power systems that don't appear powerful enough to keep temperatures appropriate.
So do planes have air conditioners? I thought they were dependent on that accordion tube when on the ground. Can you please give an overview of ground heat/cool systems for the uninformed? Thx!
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Old Jun 26, 17, 4:33 pm
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It's not all that hard to get more details ...

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So do planes have air conditioners? I thought they were dependent on that accordion tube when on the ground. Can you please give an overview of ground heat/cool systems for the uninformed? Thx!
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Glad to hear that this baby was eventually treated in a hospital and released (and surprised the second child onboard who required ice wasn't hospitalized too), but not too shocking that conditions on a United Express flight were nearly deadly.
Wow, bad situation. But you're not shocked that conditions were that bad? I've probably been on hundreds of UX flights and rarely had a temperature issue. Once the AC was broken and it was probably in the 80's F for the whole flight, but I wouldn't say that was anywhere near deadly, just very uncomfortable (and I probably didn't smell very good on my next flight that day).

I guess I'm somewhat shocked by the story.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Hipplewm View Post
Too cold is kind of a place that can't exist in an airplane or a submarine.
Sit in an exit row window and get back to me.
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Originally Posted by thejaredhuang View Post
Sit in an exit row window and get back to me.
+1 - I always make sure to take a coat or at least a sweatshirt when traveling even in the summer on these planes.

Can't be too cold? Really?
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Old Jun 26, 17, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by demkr View Post
In my experience, more often than not, UA planes are too warm. Period.
This has never ever been my experience. If you want to have too hot fly LH or SK or TK or many others. UA is fine and has individual vents. Many do not any you're totally at the mercy of the FAs.
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