Beyond what the FAA requires of all passenger airlines, individual carriers train flight attendants in basic first aid and CPR, and many carriers carry more equipment on board than what the government requires. Flight attendants are trained to use defibrillators and can administer oxygen but are taught to call on passengers who are trained medical professionals during emergencies, experts say. Meanwhile, any decision to divert or proceed to a planned destination during a medical emergency is left up to the pilot.

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