747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
I understand it could cost as much as $100.000 in some cases if a heavy has to dump fuel and nose down to some sub standard airport that has no service facilities for a jumbo, in the event a real medical crisis comes up. Can a pax buy a policy that will defray the tremendous burden the airline will suffer just to try to save a life?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2870 times:
If you're asking if you, the individual passenger, can buy a policy that will pay -you- the $100,000, I say no.
If you're asking whether you, the individual passnger, can buy a trip interruption policy, the answer is yes, but you'd need to check the fine print of whatever policy you might buy to see if delays from passenger medical diversions were covered and what they'd pay for, or not covered. Heck, they might consider them "Acts of God" and not cover them...
747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
Don't be an ass bond, if by a pax being considerate enough to shell out a few bucks to complement the airline for sacrificing money they don't have, in the way of a policy that would help cover this cost, everyone would benefit! I think it's a hell of a good idea, and the odds of someone ever have the insurance co. pay a claim like this are mighty slim. Insurance companys love this kind of risk ratio and I'm really surprised they are'nt pushing it. If American only made a rotten $200 on the cross country trip as seen on tv recently, one heart attack over El Paso would have set them back tens of thousands.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27802 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2754 times:
Quoting 747hogg (Reply 3): If American only made a rotten $200 on the cross country trip as seen on tv recently, one heart attack over El Paso would have set them back tens of thousands.
That rotten $200 is after AA includes all their other expenses, including the costs of their various diversions over the course of a year.
Quoting 747hogg (Reply 3): Don't be an ass bond, if by a pax being considerate enough to shell out a few bucks to complement the airline for sacrificing money they don't have, in the way of a policy that would help cover this cost, everyone would benefit
He's not the one being foolish, you are. It is the airline's duty to get all the passengers to their destination safely, securely and ontime. If a passenger has a heart attack, they need to make sure that their health is not compromised by some idiotic wish to make money. Further, airlines are required to carry their own insurance policies, for the benefit of passengers, not the other way around for passengers who have already paid their part of the contract by buying a ticket.
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BigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2402 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2566 times:
Quoting Bond007 (Reply 2): just to try and save a life .....how inconsiderate. Let's hope it's not your life...they might not bother and try and save some money!
I don't understand how he is being inconsiderate
To answer your original question 747Hogg, so that I do not get a message deleted for being off-topic, I am not aware of any policy that you can buy to cover such an event, but I'm sure airlines will start passing the cost on to the sick passenger very soon as another way to make money, in which case then the insurers will include it in trip insurance policies.
As for the airlines having such coverage, I don't know, but if it's essential for your health to know then I can try to find out from one of our aviation underwriters.
Oznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
I think that maybe the thread-starter was asking if there was an insurance policy that an individual could buy to cover the costs IF the airline tried to recover the cost of the diversion from the pax that got sick. Example--pax A got Sick. Airline diverted to XYZ Airport. Airline sue pax A for cost of diversion. Insurance that pax A bought before flight paid airline. Anyway, thats what I think we are talking about.
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 48
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
Quoting Boston92 (Reply 9): 100,000 dollars is basically a 20 dollar bill for the airlines. Airlines pay hundreds of millions of dollars just for a RIGHT to a certain route.
This is true. Airlines generally eat the cost of diverting in the case of a legitimate medical emergency. It would be very difficult, if not impossible to try and get the customers to pay, insurance would refuse to remburse, and from a PR standpoint this could backfire very badly as we see news reports of United or American sending a $100,000 bill to a widow whose husband died of a heart attack that occured on board.
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