What to look out for and when?
We suggest you discuss your proposed trip with your doctor and make all the necessary preparations.
Then book your flight as soon as possible (at least two days before departure), and tell us what you would like, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to +41 (0) 848 333593.
Pregnancy – baby on-board!
Expectant mothers can fly until the 36th week of their pregnancy without a doctor's certificate. It is a good idea to keep your maternity pass with you.;;;
- Tips for mothers-to-be
- Be sure to drink plenty before and during the flight
- Wear compression/support tights to prevent your legs from feeling heavy
Arm or leg plaster cast
People with an arm or leg plaster cast which was fitted within 5 days (for long-haul flights) or 24 hours (for short-haul flights) before departure need a SAF/MEDIF-Form.
The circular cast must be splitted.
Cold and pressure equalisation
Flying with a cold will not usually cause any problems. Specifically, it is a matter of pressure equalisation. The pressure in the aircraft corresponds to the pressure at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, and under normal, healthy circumstances we hardly notice the difference. If you have a runny nose and blocked sinuses, try the "Valsalva method" described here at home first to see if you can balance the pressure: close your mouth and gently pinch your nostrils together with your hands. Press air into the back of your throat. If you can feel pressure in both inner ears, your body is balancing the pressure, and flying will not cause any further problems. However, if you cannot feel any pressure, or feel it only in one ear, then it is probably a good idea to seek medical advice. It is possible that the change in pressure during the descent might damage your ear.
Our "biological" clock ticks to nature's rhythm. Sunrise and sunset define which hormones our body will produce, and whether we want to sleep or eat. After crossing more than five time zones on a long flight from east to west, our body usually needs a few days to adjust. This is known as jet lag. The control mechanisms that monitor temperature fluctuations, heart activity, appetite and sleep are set to the place we set off from, and they need a little time to adjust to the place we have come to. In the meantime, we might not feel quite ourselves.
When flying in an aircraft, we often have to sit for long periods of time with little option to move around, and this is something our legs don't like. Especially when it's for hours and hours. A thrombosis happens when a blood clot occurs in the lower leg. A lack of movement can encourage the development of a thrombosis. In the worst case, the clot can work loose and start to move towards the heart. Because the arteries flowing away from the heart become a little narrower, there is a risk of the blood clot getting stuck in an artery, preventing the lung tissue that is supplied by the artery from receiving enough fresh blood. This results in what is known as a pulmonary, or lung, embolism. Do the leg exercises, and keep your legs and feet moving. If you move around a lot, your blood will circulate efficiently, and there will be little risk of the blood thickening. This will help to prevent heavy legs and the risk of thrombosis.
Varicose veins or venous problems
If you have varicose veins or experience venous problems, we suggest you wear compression/support stockings or tights. Your doctor might prescribe you a blood-thinning medication to take for the flight. Drink plenty, but avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea, and stay away from the alcohol.
Overcoming a fear of flying
If you suffer from a fear of flying, you are by no means alone. About one-third of the population are affected by it. The unpleasant feelings range from a mild discomfort to absolute mortal fear. You can learn how to control these emotions on a fear-of-flying course. The courses are run, for instance, by our Captain Tom Schneider and psychologist (FSP) Bettina Schindler. Do take this opportunity to enjoy your next take-off!