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Medical guidelines for air travel

Travelling by air the passenger can be exposed to air-pressure changes, a lower amount of oxygen, a lower humidity as well as limited mobility conditions, which can affect the passenger’s general mood as well as the intensify of the discomfort and illnesses the passenger suffers from. With that in mind, you must prepare for your flight appropriately.

It is suggested neither to consume heavy meals nor to drink carbonated beverages before your flight. The flatulent effects can be much more intensive during flight. Due to the dry air in the aircraft cabin, mineral water can come in handy (however, please remember to purchase it once you have passed through the security check).


Passengers with health problems 


If for medical reasons, passengers need to inject themselves during the flight (e.g., diabetics) or to take any other indispensable medicines they are permitted to carry syringes in the cabin. The same applies to the medicines which, due to their volume (over 100 ml) might be a problem during the security check. The passengers will be asked to produce appropriate medical evidence, a doctor's letter will suffice, stating that the medicine is required onboard. The letter should be kept with them at all times to be produced to the applicable services.

The medical certificate will also be required should there be any reservations about the passenger’s being fit to fly, which is if the passenger has been recently diagnosed with a specific disease, hospitalized or injured. The same applies to the passengers with heart problems, hypertension, or breathing difficulties.

Passengers travelling with e.g. any of the following most-frequent contagious conditions are required to produce a medical certificate confirming that they are fit to fly:

   Rubella: Passengers can be accepted for travel four days after the appearance of the rash;

   Measles: Passengers can be accepted for travel seven days after the appearance of the rash;

   Mumps: Passengers can be accepted for travel when all swelling has subsided. This is usually after 7 to 14 days;

   Chicken pox: Passengers can be accepted for travel seven days after the appearance of the last new spot.

       Caring for the well-being of the expectant mothers and their children, once an uncomplicated pregnancy enters its 28th week, expectant mothers are required by Ryanair to carry a 'fit to fly' letter completed by their midwife/doctor. This completed letter should be dated within 2 weeks of your booked flight and presented at either the bag drop desk and/or the boarding gate to include the expected date of delivery, confirmation that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and that you are fit to fly.

Ryanair reserves the right to refuse travel of an expectant mother over 28 weeks pregnant who does not present a completed ‘fit to fly’ letter from their midwife/doctor.

For uncomplicated pregnancies travel is not permitted beyond the following dates:

- for an uncomplicated twins, triples, etc. pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy;

- for an uncomplicated single pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 36th week of pregnancy.

Travel with PLL LOT from the 32nd week of pregnancy is permitted only with the MEDIF form completed by the doctor. The form can be downloaded from the official PLL LOT website: http://www.lot.com/web/lot/special-services.

 

Travelling with new-born infants

  • The travel of new-born infants due to physical flight conditions, is allowed once the infant turns 8 days. With the health of the new born in mind, we suggest that the parents or guardians should see the attending physician before such an early air travel, asking for the doctor’s permission for it.



Irrespective of the efforts of the crew, the conditions onboard can be difficult. Due to low humidity in the cabin, there can appear the sensation of facial skin stretching, unpleasant nasal, throat and eye mucus drying out. The pressure change in the cabin can trigger headache and ear pain. The load factor can result in dizziness, nausea, stomach loading.

Here some air travel tips:

 

  • When travelling by air, wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes,
  • Drink more water and juice during the flight, cut down on the consumption of alcohol as it causes dehydration,
  • Avoid smoking since nicotine has a negative effect on coagulation,
  • To avoid nausea, do not consume heavy meals before the flight,
  • If dizziness occurs, focus your eyes on a fixed object,
  • To relieve ear pressure, try sucking on a piece of hard candy or yawning,
  • Perform a few simple prophylactic actions, e.g. apply moisturising cream on your face, use nose inhaler. Preferably, remove your contact lenses and put on your glasses or apply ‘artificial tears’ to feel better and to enhance your travel comfort.
  • Avoid crossing your legs while seated since it can result in traveller’s deep venous thrombosis (or DVT). From time to time make some relaxation exercises and change your body position.

       Vaccination

It is important to check before your scheduled departure to exotic destinations for advice about the vaccinations required or recommended for the places you are visiting. Please remember that crossing the border of some countries you are required the so-called ‘yellow book’’ which is an international document with accurate data on the required and recommended vaccinations. Without it, you may be denied access to some countries.

      
Ryanair’s policy for the carriage of expectant mothers

With the health and well-being of the expectant mothers and their children, the following principles apply:

Once an uncomplicated single pregnancy enters its 28th week, expectant mothers are required to carry a 'fit to fly' letter completed by their midwife/doctor. This completed letter should be dated within 2 weeks of your booked flight and presented at either the bag drop desk and/or the boarding gate to include the expected date of delivery, confirmation that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and that you are fit to fly.

Ryanair reserves the right to refuse travel of an expectant mother over 28 weeks pregnant who does not present a completed  "fit to fly" letter from their midwife/doctor.

For uncomplicated pregnancies travel is not permitted beyond the following dates:

- for an uncomplicated twins, triples, etc. pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy.

- for an uncomplicated single pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 36th week of pregnancy. 

Pregnant women travelling with PLL LOT

 
Travel with PLL LOT from the 32nd week of pregnancy is permitted only with the MEDIF form completed by the doctor. The form can be downloaded from the official PLL LOT website: http://www.lot.com/web/lot/special-services.