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SAS trains cabin crew to become health personnel

Johanna Koyser
02.04.2020
2 minutes

In aviation, the coronavirus does not just mean that there is much less air traffic. It also implies that a lot of personnel is simply not needed at present. This group includes flight attendants in particular. Instead of leaving them at home, the Scandinavian airline SAS is taking a special step. Cabin crew are now being retrained as health personnel.

There is currently a shortage of personnel in many places in the health sector. Here, SAS in Sweden is trying to help. During a three-day course with a final examination, cabin crew are taught basic tasks that are required in hospitals and nursing homes. These include, for example, disinfecting medical equipment, making beds and informing and treating patients and their relatives. The training courses take place at Sophiahemmet University Hospital.

Currently, there are already 30 retrained SAS flight attendants who are ready for their new job. According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, 300 more are to complete the retraining in the upcoming weeks. In fact, this project is not completely out of the air, as cabin crew are already very well trained. They already have basic medical training to be able to provide first aid during flights. In addition, they are flexible and have particular experience in the security sector.

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All in all, this special measure by SAS during Corona is a welcome help. Furthermore, it is a great example of positive rethinking in difficult times. Finally, it is important to add that the retraining of the cabin crew is free of charge. It is financed by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

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by Johanna Koyser

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