Questions and Answers

Have a travel related question? Post it here, and I’ll do my best to answer it as quickly as possible.

While anyone can comment on regular blog post, registration is required in order to post a question in this space. Creating your account is free, and you'll be able to see when your question is answered, as well as like comments from other users. And of course, you'll earn status points for offering helpful answers!

This space is intended to be more of a community as well, so please jump in and share tips!

Filter by:

Middle name on passport but not ticket


Unable to read questions


Emergency Assistance plus for American Airlines


Experience with ordering UK Day 2 PCR COVID test kits?


AA Upgrade


Credit after fare drop when booking through Chase Travel?

Can you help?

2022 EU Visa waiver


Can’t fill out Juicy Miles form


Travelling from South Africa can I transit in US en route to Canada?


using AMEX travel portal


Ask a Question

Everyone can read and comment, but you must login to post a new comment.

Answers (3)

Falling ill on a plane

Falling ill on a plane

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Ben,

    Was wondering if you could talk about what happens if you or someone falls ill while mid-flight, and what the options are? I’ve been flying my whole life and am rarely prone to motion sickness, yet this morning while on approach to Paris I just about nearly threw up. If someone does get sick on a plane, and possibly can’t make it to the bathroom in time, what happens? Would a passenger be stuck in the bathroom on a flight as long as 14-15 hours? What if someone gets sick in their seat? Would a plane divert? Was wondering if you could discuss what happens in situations like these as I got pretty freaked out. Thanks!

  2. Donna

    There are barf bags in every seat back pocket for those who get sick. I’ve sat next to passengers who were sick enough to spend hours in the lavatories during flight. If the illness is serious enough, like a heart attack or stroke, the crew knows basic EMT procedures, all flights carry an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on board and I believe they use a service like Med Link to speak with doctors on the ground. In some cases, the plane will divert and land to offload the ill passenger, however, this is rare. I’ve only been on two flights in the past 30 years and 2 million miles that have diverted for medical emergencies. In one case, the passenger actually died of a heart condition during flight.

  3. David W

    Check out “City in the Sky” – it’s on PBS and Netflix. One of the episodes covers medical emergencies in the air.

Sign in to help answer questions.