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Your health on board our flights

We want you to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable flight, and suggest that you follow these tips when flying with us:
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing
  • Drink plenty of water. Moderate your intake of tea, coffee, cola drinks, and alcoholic beverages as alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate
  • Stretch your arms and legs regularly
  • If you wear contact lenses, you may find it more comfortable to remove them before the flight, as the air in the cabin can be drying

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

This condition is linked to prolonged periods of inactivity, and so it generally affects people flying long-haul. DVT is sometimes known as "economy class syndrome", but this is misleading as passengers travelling by car or train may also be at risk. It could even occur in an armchair at home! As immobility poses the greatest risk in developing clotting disorders, move about, change position often and avoid crossing your legs. There are some medical conditions that make people more prone to DVT and the following are examples: 

People who maybe at risk

Those at a minor risk

  • Very tall, very short, or obese
  • Previous or current leg swelling from any cause
  • Recent minor leg injury or minor body surgery
  • Minor varicose veins

Those at moderate risk

  • Recent heart disease
  • Pregnant or one any hormone medication, particularly the contraceptive pill and HRT
  • Recent major leg injury or leg surgery (less than 6 weeks)
  • Family history of DVT
  • Extensive varicose veins
  • Polycythaemia

Those at substantial risk

  • Previous or current DVT
  • Known clotting tendency
  • Recent major surgery or stroke (within 6 weeks)
  • Current malignant disease or chemotherapy
  • Paralysed lower limb
  • Depletion of body fluids causing increased blood thickening

Some hints

Those at minor risk

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after flight
  • Keep mobile – walk around the cabin whenever you can
  • Wear support tights

Those at moderate risk

Recommend doing the above, plus:

  • Consult with GP prior to flight
  • Wear graduated compression stockings

Those at substantial risk

Recommend doing all of the above plus:

  • Low molecular weight, heparin or warfarin

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