Obese Pilots to be Grounded if they have Sleep Apnea

Steven Feinsilver, MD, discusses sleep apnea symptoms, risk factors and treatments as they relate to pilots with CBS News.

 – November 20, 2013  –– 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to screen obese pilots for obstructive sleep apnea, which Steven Feinsilver, MD, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine explains is a condition in which a person could stop breathing 40 - 50 during one hour of sleep. Regarding the FAA screenings, Dr. Feinsilver pointed out that it isn't accurate to assume that most obese people have sleep apnea. Read more