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Health Alerts Information

  • Pregnancy

    If you are more than 28 weeks pregnant, the IATA Medical Manual recommends that you should go through a medical examination and get a letter of authorization to travel from your doctor. It is best not to fly beyond the 36th week, or the 32nd week in the case of multiple/complicated pregnancies. Please note that medical clearance is required by some airlines for pregnant women.

  • Newborns

    Although it is not so problematic to take a newborn on a plane, this should be avoided as it can cause various health problems to your baby, such as ear pain due to changes in atmospheric air pressure or sudden jolts caused by turbulences. Ideally, babies should be at least 6 months' old before flying.

  • Chest Surgery

    As in all surgeries, pain can arise in the affected area during a flight. Potential in-flight complications, which are more likely within a month after surgery, should also be borne in mind, as appropriate care may not be available. The minimum post-surgery recommended time before flying is 21 days.

  • Infectious Contagious Diseases

    If you are suffering from an infectious contagious disease, it is best to avoid traveling, as there is a risk of transmission to other people flying on the same airplane. In some cases, therefore, a medical certificate is required stating that there is no possibility of contagion and specifying the conditions required for traveling safely.

  • Medical Drains

    Passengers who for medical reasons need to travel with some kind of medical drain are advised to be especially careful about the quality and sealing of their drains, as these may be affected particularly upon take-off and landing.

  • Middle Ear Problems

    Some otherwise healthy passengers feel discomfort in their ears when traveling. For this reason, traveling by plane can be quite uncomfortable and even hazardous for someone with such a medical condition, as changes in atmospheric air pressure may produce severe pain.

  • Traveling with a Plaster Cast

    Health concerns will depend on the type of injury. Passengers who have suffered a broken bone must wait at least 48 hours before they can get on a flight without hassle. In addition, if recovery implies keeping the foot or leg raised up, they will have to buy two seats, as for safety reasons it is not allowed to stretch one's legs into the aisle. Fluid retention during longer trips may be hazardous, as it creates sharp pains and can ultimately lead to damaged tissues or thrombosis.

  • Abdominal Surgery

    Air pressure changes and remaining seated for long periods can cause in-flight abdominal bloating, which may be harmful for recovery. Some doctors recommend waiting 10 days before flying.

  • Oxygen Support

    Not all oxygen bottles are approved by the different airlines operating at the airport, many of which do not provide this service. For this reason, you are advised to check with each airline whether they have any accepted portable oxygen concentrators and to take the appropriate precautions.