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Travelers can learn CPR in minutes at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Rare airport kiosk teaches life-saving skill
Posted at 8:25 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 22:43:29-05

HEBRON, Ky. — If you’re like most travelers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport, you’ve got plenty of time to kill.

Now you can use five minutes to learn CPR and save a life.

Try out the hands-only teaching kiosk in Concourse A near Gate A6, run by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the American Heart Association. It only takes five minutes and you'll get feedback on how you did.

“You hope you never have the situation present itself, but it’s easy to learn how to do it,” says Barry Malinowski, Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical director.

“You basically spend a couple of minutes watching a video, then you spend a couple of minutes on the mannequin,” Malinowski said. “The mannequin actually gives you some feedback on how you’re doing with regard to the strength of your compressions, your hand position and even the rate of your compressions.”

It’s a great perk for Tri-State travelers. These kiosks are only in 10 airports nationwide.

CVG was busy with holiday travelers Saturday - lines and wait times were manageable - and that’s the way it’s going to be for the next 10 days or so. Officials expect about 225,000 travelers through CVG between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30 - 11 percent more than last year.

This weekend will be the heaviest travel days leading up to Christmas, according to AAA. In all, nearly seven million people across the country are expected to fly this holiday season.

There were only a few delays at major airports Saturday. The unexpected wrinkle is the partial government shutdown, but travelers shouldn't see an impact.

TSA is staffing the security checkpoints like always, but workers won't be paid for these holiday hours until federal lawmakers approve a new budget.