By 2019, airlines will be able to make use of electronic medical records, allowing them to record the health status of customers in real time.
The data will also allow for medical staff to make contact with patients at a glance, helping to prevent complications and provide early warning systems for those who are at increased risk.
However, some airlines have resisted the change, fearing it will lead to more delays for their passengers.
“We believe that a combination of the data, as well as improved management and support for health care workers, will enable airlines to offer a more robust and responsive service for their customers,” the airline industry body, the American Airlines Association, said in a statement.
The airlines group says the new system will also enable passengers to check on the status of their loved ones, while also providing a more streamlined and cost-effective health care system.
However, others have questioned whether the technology will ever be used in real life.
“It’s a great idea, but is there anything like it in the real world?
It seems like a lot of the time we have to wait in lines,” said Sarah Kwan, an independent journalist and a consultant.
She added that while airlines could provide the data for medical workers, they would need to ensure it is kept up-to-date.
“They’d have to have their health care staff involved,” Ms Kwan said.
Some airlines have already begun offering electronic medical record cards to their passengers, although they will need to be updated to include more detailed information.
Other airlines are also considering adding health records to their systems, but they will have to update their existing systems first.