Injuries & Diseases
INJURIES & DISEASES
There are some medical conditions that require your doctor to confirm that it’s safe for you to fly. If you’re not sure whether this applies to you then speak to your doctor first.
A medical clearance assures us that your doctor is happy for you to fly with us, and that you will have a safe and healthy journey to your destination.
Here’s a few examples of conditions that may need to be cleared before you travel:
- Recent surgery or injury
- Existing medical conditions that require current consultant visits
- Contagious diseases or ilnesses
- Intention to seek medical treatment abroad
- Oxygen, or carriage of some respiratory equipment
- Harness requirement
Flying with a plaster cast
If you’ve got a recent fracture that has been treated with a complete plaster cast, you must not fly within 48 hours of being treated.
However If the plaster is a split or back slab type & doesn’t fully enclose the limb then there will be no problem & you are fit to fly.
Any plaster cast must have been set in place for over 48 hours for legs & 24 hours for arms.
In the case of a full leg plaster, where the leg can’t be bent, 2 additional seats must be purchased.
Important to know:
Air trapped inside a plaster cast which has fitted less than the times given above may expand at cabin cruising altitude. This, combined with the swelling of the limb following a fracture, will cause severe pain and might damage the limb further.
If assistance is required, seating will be automatically added for the passenger & a medical companion.
Passengers can take crutches or a walking stick on board the aircraft.
The following illnesses can be contagious:
Children who have the early signs of the disease are advised NOT to travel as this is the most infectious time.
Once the rash begins to dry-up & the blisters form dry scabs, the patient is no longer infectious.
The child is usually fit to travel after 7 days from the first appearance of the rash.
Travellers with Measles should not fly until the condition has completely resolved.
Travellers with symptoms of mumps should not fly until the condition has completely resolved which is usually after 10 days.
Travellers with shingles are not considered to be infectious, especially if the shingles rash is on a covered part of the body.
Shingles on the face or in the eye can be very unsightly & these travellers shouldn’t fly until they’ve consulted their doctor.
Travellers returning home with facial or ophthalmic shingles should obtain a ‘fit to fly’ letter.
In the event that a doctor’s note is required, this should be dated within 3 months of the date of travel and fitness to fly certificates should be dated within 7 days of the date of travel.
Peanuts & nut products may be sold on-board the plane
It is important to advise a member of the crew once on-board the flight of your allergy – so the cabin crew can suspend the sale of nut products during that flight.
The cabin crew should also make an announcement to other customers requesting where possible, to refrain from consuming their own nuts whilst on-board the aircraft. However, the cabin crew can’t forbid customers from eating food containing nuts on-board.