Health and Well Being

In-flight health

  • Your safety and well being is our primary concern. Please keep your seat belt fastened during any time you are seated – in case your flight comes across unexpected turbulence. Drink plenty of water (or juice) before your flight, and avoid too many alcoholic and caffeinated drinks – they will dehydrate you.

Blocked and popping ears

  • As the cabin pressure adjusts to correct altitude during ascent (take-off) and descent (landing) you may feel some small discomfort with your ears ‘popping’. To help alleviate this, chew gum or suck on a candy.
  • It is recommended carry your own ear plugs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

  • DVT is blood clotting in a major vein – most commonly in the legs or lower body – where blood flow has been slowed. Medical practitioners advise that certain people are more susceptible to DVT. These include: people who are immobile for periods of time; those with a personal family history of DVT or who have recently undergone major surgery; people with certain blood disorders or heart disease; smokers; pregnant women; and the elderly.

We suggest you:

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids before your flight – limiting your consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
  • Stretch and move your arms and legs at regular intervals. Avoid crossing your legs when seated.
  • Massage your calves and thighs, and regularly move your ankles by circling and gently shaking your feet.
  • If you experience abnormal swelling, tenderness or pain after your flight, we strongly recommend you see a doctor.

This is not a comprehensive list. If you have any doubts about your particular health risks, please talk to a medical practitioner.


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