PAL flight attendants bring life on board in the middle of a repatriation flight

A happy moment on board a Philippine Airlines repatriation flight PR659 from Dubai to Manila as flight attendants on board assisted a passenger give birth to a healthy baby boy.

Photo credits: Cielo Villaluna

The flight diverted to Bangkok before heading for Manila in order to provide immediate medical assistance for the passenger.

Teamwork and focus

The flight was headed by flight purser Daisy Castellano. Despite being miles away and above nearby hospitals, the cabin crew team was able to successfully deliver the baby boy despite some challenges. 

This is reflective of the flight attendants' training provided by the airline plus years of experience dealing with different situations on board. Teamwork plays a huge role in dealing with such situations. The cabin crew also have to remain focused as they are not only dealing with one but two human lives.

Photo credits: Cielo Villaluna

Fully trained to deal with medical emergencies on board

Flight attendants are fully trained to deal with such medical situations inflight, especially when there are no doctors on board. PAL cabin crew go through a comprehensive first aide training for days accompanied by practical exams. 

Different medical emergency situations are simulated which these cabin crew have to pass. The training is stringent as a flight attendant's primary role is to ensure the safety and security of all passengers on board, and this includes their health.

Flight attendants also go through training every year, which is called "recurrent traning."

Primary role of flight attendants is to ensure the safety of passengers

While at most times we see flight attendants serving food and beverage, doing safety demos, and attending to passenger needs, their primary duty is actually to ensure the safety and security of all passengers. In fact, majority of the cabin crew training program provided by airlines is centered on safety and security of the flight.

Cabin crew trainees face countless days of exams with a passing mark of 90%, drills, emergency procedure practical exams, and sleepless nights of studying. In fact, Flyhigh Manila describes a cabin crew training program as a whole college term packed into more or less 70 days.

PAL is known for its intensive and very difficult training program for their flight attendants in which every trainee are meticulously molded from skills to personality. The airline uses a very detailed holistic approach which goes on even when these flight attendants are already on board.

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