AIR INDIA provides stretcher facility to an invalid (Adult, Child or Infant) passenger, on its domestic and international sectors. A MEDIF Performa. Duly filled along with signature of the passenger / next of kin /escort and of the attending physician, is required to be submitted. One able-bodied adult escort must accompany the stretcher. Carriage of a stretcher passenger is upon advance arrangement and subject to availability of space.
Stretcher cases are accepted only after clearance from Medical Services Department and be determined by the Chief Medical Officer.
The medical forms are required to be filled in for clearance and may be obtained from any AI Offices.
The MEDIF form is an IATA approved document and lists the minimum information to be provided to the airline for carriage of invalid passengers. The airline is free to ask for additional information or clarifications, if required.
For carriage of such passengers, the MEDIF form is to be completely filled up by the passenger or his authorized representative , in case the passenger is unable to do so.
An important aspect of MEDIF is to be filled up by the physician in charge of the invalid passenger.
It is mandatory to complete the MEDIF including the treating physician's Certification and the undertaking/passenger declaration at the end of the MEDIF. Importantly the passenger/representative must sign the MEDIF requesting for air travel.
MEDIF forms need to be filled up every time an invalid passenger travels by Commercial airlines and clearance is valid for a particular flight and date.
Where interline travel on other airlines is involved, advance arrangement with the other carrier is necessary regarding confirmation of special meals, medicines, oxygen, ambulance and other requirements.
Only 1 stretcher per flight will be accepted in economy class. No stretcher will be carried in first and executive class.
The charges vary as per the aircraft operating on the sector of travel. Kindly contact the nearest Air India office for the same.