CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1983
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(Studio) Stewardesses recalled required to be registered nurses when airline industry 1st began.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Med. protection aboard today's airliners examined; annual death rate in in-flight emergencies noted. [Lillian COGNER - recalls her asthma attack on plane.] 1st aid kits currently available on planes said based on those developed in 1924; details given. [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - equates kits with those of his Boy Scout experiences.] Goldwater's proposed legislature requiring airlines to be equipped with sophisticated medical kits examined; details outlined on screen. [GOLDWATER - notes need for emergency care.] Airlines' resistance to comprehensive medical kits noted. [Air Trans. Association spokesperson John RALPH - doesn't see valid need.] Most foreign airlines noted carrying such kits; Air Canada's remarks mentioned. [Air Canada spokesperson Dr. Olaf SKJENNA - notes number incidents in which kits were used.] [Dr. Lawrence SMOOKLER - considers kits necessary to save lives.] Consumer groups and doctors said suing Federal Aviation Administration to force agency to implement better 1st aid kit.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley