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Cabin crew health and fitness-to-fly: Opportunities for re-evaluation amid COVID-19.
Grout, Andrea; Leggat, Peter A.
  • Grout A; College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. Electronic address: andrea.grout@my.jcu.edu.au.
  • Leggat PA; College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia; School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Travel Med Infect Dis ; 40: 101973, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1065626
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ABSTRACT
Aircrew fitness-to-fly is among the elements that make aviation the safest form of long-distance transport. The health of cabin crew is a crucial determinant in carrying out safety-related duties. 'Fitness-to-fly' is associated with defined workplace conditions, for which airlines have a legal duty to ensure fitness for employment. We explored the literature on fitness-to-fly to obtain a pragmatic assessment of the challenges for aeromedical examinations. Regulations promulgated by aviation regulatory authorities and airline-internal policies have similar status and meaning, yet there is no harmonised approach internationally, and an inability to conform periodic medical assessments to actual operational fitness. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to better understand fitness-to-fly criteria. Fitness-to-fly measures are mainly based on self-reported data and there is a need for a 'safety' factor for self-reports. Aeromedical evaluations should evolve from meeting medical standards to include pandemics as an element of the overall risk of aircraft operations. Re-evaluating criteria for fitness-to-fly assessment will further the goal of linking research to the actual needs of public health decisionmakers. If airlines are to resume operations at pre-pandemic levels, they must demonstrate to the public and public health agencies that fitness-to-fly assessment is appropriate and effective.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Aviation / Aircraft / Workplace / COVID-19 Subject: Aviation / Aircraft / Workplace / COVID-19 Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Travel Med Infect Dis Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2021

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Aviation / Aircraft / Workplace / COVID-19 Subject: Aviation / Aircraft / Workplace / COVID-19 Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Travel Med Infect Dis Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2021
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