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Medical Information

Your health and peace of mind are important to Us and We want You to be as comfortable as possible onboard Your flight. It is perfectly safe to fly with the majority of medical conditions. However please check the information here if You are in any doubt or contact Your own medical practitioner regarding Your specific medical condition. If You have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team.

Travelling with medical equipment

Some medical equipment can be brought onboard however if You are bringing a large piece of equipment or a large number of supplies please contact Us to ensure that We can accommodate You.

Medication

  • We advise You to take Your medication in your hand baggage
  • Please bring a letter from Your medical practitioner confirming the type of medication and what it is for
  • We are unable to refrigerate medication for You onboard

Needles

You are allowed to bring needles and syringes onboard for treatment of medical conditions. However please ensure that You also carry a letter from Your medical practitioner confirming the type of medication and what it is for. You must self-administer any injections required during the flight. Our cabin crew are unable to administer any medication, including injections, under any circumstances. Inform the cabin crew if You need to use Your needles so that they can provide a sharps box for safe disposal.

Medical oxygen

With the exception of emergency situations we do not provide supplementary oxygen. Small compressed air or oxygen cylinders are permitted in hand baggage for personal medical use only. Please note that they must not exceed 0.5 metres in length, with a maximum diameter of 250 mm.

You will need a medical certificate confirming the cylinders are required for medical reasons and that you are fit to fly. You are permitted to carry a maximum of 2 cylinders and they must be placed in the overhead locker or under the seat. If you are carrying oxygen cylinders please tell the cabin crew when you are boarding.

Oxygen concentrators (either mains or battery powered) are permitted on board and medical certification is not required. Batteries will have to be used if you need oxygen on board (be sure the batteries have enough power for the duration of the trip, including possible delays).

Chemical oxygen generators are not permitted.

Pacemakers

Cardiac pacemakers or other devices including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted in a person or radio-pharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person as a result of medical treatments are permitted.

Stretchers

We are unable to accept stretchers on any of our flights.

Travelling while pregnant

Expectant mothers Although pregnancy is not considered to be a medical condition and You are able to travel until quite late into Your pregnancy please note that:

  • If You have experienced any complications during your pregnancy please consult Your medical practitioner before flying with Us
  • You can travel up to the end of the 35th week for single pregnancies
  • If You are expecting more than one baby You can travel up to the end of the 32nd week

Expectant mothers wishing to travel with an infant on their lap are permitted to do so.

Deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”)

This condition is linked to prolonged periods of inactivity and generally affects people flying long-haul. DVT is sometimes known as “economy class syndrome”, but passengers travelling by car or train may also be at risk. The following could make You more prone to DVT: This condition is linked to prolonged periods of inactivity and generally affects people flying long-haul. DVT is sometimes known as “economy class syndrome”, but passengers travelling by car or train may also be at risk. The following could make You more prone to DVT:

  • A tendency of blood clotting;
  • Recent surgery, particularly leg surgery, injury or swelling within six weeks prior to flying;
  • Prolonged immobility, particularly a paralysed lower limb(s);
  • Previous or current DVT, or family history of DVT;
  • If You are over 40 years of age;
  • If You are taking the oral contraceptive pill and some other hormone treatments;
  • If You are pregnant;
  • If You have varicose veins;
  • Recent heart disease;
  • Current malignant disease or chemotherapy;
  • Blood disorders;
  • Depletion of body fluids causing increased blood thickening; or
  • If You have suffered from a stroke within 6 weeks prior to flying.
As immobility poses the greatest risk in developing DVT, to reduce the risk, during the flight You are advised to:
  • Move about the cabin;
  • Change position frequently;
  • Avoid crossing Your legs;
  • Do exercises in Your seat; and
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the Flight.

If You may be prone to DVT You must be assessed by Your medical practitioner prior to flying and be provided with properly fitted graduated compression stockings, low molecular weight heparin or oral anticoagulation with warfarin. If You are at risk You should not rely on aspirin to prevent DVT.

Guidance for diabetics

If You have diabetes and require injections during Flight You must self-administer the injections and are requested to advise the cabin crew of Your condition when boarding the aircraft. Please ensure that You carry supplies of insulin in Your Hand Baggage, rather than in Your Hold Baggage. Insulin may be inactivated if carried in the hold due to freezing temperatures. Diabetic insulin pens will be permitted for travel without medical documentation. If You are taking insulin or long acting sulphonylures You are advised to take extra carbohydrates in Your Hand Baggage and remain on “home-time” throughout the Flight.

Guidance for divers

Decompression sickness You should ensure that You do not dive for 24 hours prior to flying in order to minimise the risk of decompression sickness. Air cylinders for diving/scuba diving will not be accepted onboard.

Allergies

We are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment onboard or in Our partner lounges. If You have any kind of allergy that could result in an anaphylactic reaction You should carry Your medication (e.g. antihistamines, Epi-pen) in Your Hand Baggage.

Nuts

Please be aware that We sell peanuts onboard. However, if You suffer from anaphylaxis please notify the cabin crew on boarding the aircraft so that the sale of nuts can be prevented on the Flight. We will also request that other passengers do not consume nuts that they have brought with them; however We can not guarantee this.

Flying after an illness or operation

Type of surgery

Travel allowed after

Heart Surgery

14 days

Angioplasty

5 days

Abdominal surgery

10 days

Chest surgery

6 weeks

Tonsils removed

14 days

Middle ear surgery

Ear cavity is dry and normally aerated (usually 14 days)

Cataract/corneal laser surgery

1 day


Follow recent surgery a medical certificate is required confirming Your fitness to fly

Type of medical incident

Permitted to travel

Heart attack

7 days if it is minor or uncomplicated
For major or complicated heart attacks consult a medical practitioner before flying
A medical certificate is required confirming fitness to fly

Stroke 10 days

If travelling within 11 and 21 days following an event a medical certificate is required confirming fitness to fly

Pneumothorax

When the chest has been drained and the lung has fully expanded (usually 14 days). Must travel with a companion. A medical certificate is required confirming fitness to fly

Penetrating eye injury

7 days



Type of condition

Permitted to travel

Angina

Only if condition is stable

Middle ear infection

Once condition has cleared (usually 7 days)

Sinusitis

Once condition has cleared (usually 7 days)

Chronic anaemia

Not permitted to fly

Epilepsy

24 hours after a tonic clonic (grand mal) fit

Asthma

Permitted to travel
Keep Your inhaler(s) in Your Hand Baggage
Severe asthma – provide a medical certificate confirming fitness to fly
Nebulisers are permitted provided that they do not contain oxygen cylinders

Lung conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; cystic fibrosis; bronchiectasis)

Only if a medical certificate is provided confirming fitness to fly
We recommend medical advice is sought to determine if oxygen will be required during the flight

Passengers showing a shortness of breath are not permitted to fly Children with respiratory problems must have a certificate from an appropriate medical practitioner confirming their fitness to fly.

Passengers travelling with a minor infectious disease, including any of the following conditions, are permitted to fly in accordance with the guidelines in the table below.

Infectious diseases

Permitted to travel

Rubella

4 days after the appearance of the rash

Measles

7 days after the appearance of the rash

Mumps

When all swelling has subsided (usually after 7 days)

Chicken pox

7 days after the appearance of the last new spot

Viral infections (e.g. seasonal flu)

When no longer contagious

Passengers with a severe infectious disease (e.g. severe respiratory infections, tuberculosis, pneumonia) will not be accepted for travel without a certificate from an appropriate medical practitioner confirmation their fitness to fly. Passengers with meningitis or infected with any virus resulting from a pandemic such as SARS or H1N1 (”Swine Flu”) will not be accepted for travel.

Psychiatric disorders Passengers with psychiatric disorders are permitted to fly, subject to the following conditions:

  • If You are suffering from conditions such as phobias, anxiety or depression You are permitted to fly but must inform Us in advance and also advise the cabin crew of Your condition when boarding the aircraft;
  • If You have a history of drug or alcohol dependency You must be stabilised on a detoxification plan and must have a certificate from an appropriate medical practitioner confirming fitness to fly. You must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of travel;
  • If We consider that You do, or might, represent a threat to the comfort or safety of other passengers You will not be permitted to travel;
  • If You are showing unpredictable, disruptive, unsafe or aggressive behaviour You will not be permitted to travel.