Difficult intubation occurs in around 2% of routine anaesthetic cases,1 while in the pre-hospital setting the rate is as high as 7% to 10%.1 Worldwide, up to 600 patients are estimated to die annually as a result of the complications that occur during tracheal intubation.2 Direct laryngoscopy is an effective method for securing the airway while video-assisted laryngoscopy provides an improved view of the glottis.