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Maloney Calls on FAA to Immediately Stock Child Emergency Medical Kits on Airplanes

Dec 11, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Calls on FAA to Immediately Stock Child Emergency Medical Kits on Airplanes
FAA has failed to implement his bill, passed in 2018, which requires child inclusive emergency kits on every airplane in America

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to immediately implement and enforce his bill, the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety Act, which passed in 2018 as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act.

The bill modernized FAA regulations to protect children on commercial airlines by requiring airlines to update their medical kits to carry child-sized doses of emergency medicine or medical devices on-board the aircraft. Pursuant to the bill text, the FAA was required to update its regulations for airlines by October of this year but is noncompliant.

“As a father, I want the peace of mind that comes with knowing my entire family will be safe when we fly,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I was proud to champion and pass my bill updating Emergency Medical Kits so our planes are properly equipped for an emergency situation with a child, but the FAA has missed the deadline for getting this done. They need to take immediate action and get these kits restocked with the right supplies before the peak-travel holiday season begins.”

Congress last required the FAA to update the contents of Emergency Medical Kits (EMK) in 1998, over 20 years ago. The current contents of the kits are outdated, and do not contain medications and devices for treating children. Specifically, the FAA is not required to carry pediatric dosages for medications or lifesaving pediatric CPR masks and infant-sized oropharyngeal airway devices, which are used to open the airway when obstructed.

The bipartisan, bicameral letter was sent by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18), and Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Read the letter here.