Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can occur when you sit upright and
inactive for long periods of time. The blood vessels in your legs
can become compressed, which makes it harder for blood to travel
back to your heart. This causes your muscles to become tense
resulting in backaches and excessive fatigue during and sometimes
after your flight. Your feet may become swollen due to fluid
collecting in your feet.
To prevent swelling of the ankles and feet, compression socks
can be used to improve circulation. While in-flight, try to move
your legs and feet by lifting them up and down and rolling your
ankles in circles to encourage blood flow. You can also move about
the cabin occasionally. If you believe you may be at risk from DVT,
we recommend you consult with your doctor prior to your
Motion sickness is the result of a clash between the body's
sense of vision and equilibrium. When going through air turbulence
the likelihood of developing motion sickness is increased. Over the
counter medications from your pharmacy can assist in preventing
motion sickness, but we recommend that you consult your physician
on the best medication suited to your needs.
Cabin pressurisation is necessary to ensure your comfort and
health at high altitudes. The pressurisation requires changes
during the aircraft's take-off and landing and does not pose
problems for many passengers.
However, if you suffer from upper respiratory or sinus
infections, obstructive pulmonary diseases, anaemia or certain
cardiovascular conditions, you could experience discomfort. Nasal
sprays, decongestants and antihistamines, taken 30 minutes prior to
landing can assist in opening your ears and sinus passages.
Swallowing and/or yawning can also clear the ears. If you are
experiencing extreme discomfort in your ears please advise the
Children and infants might also experience some discomfort.
Feeding or giving your infant a pacifier during descent equalises
the pressure in their ears due to the sucking and swallowing
Travelling with medicine
Before leaving home, you should check that your medications are
allowed on your site. You can do this by contacting your company
doctor. As a general rule, all over-the-counter medications such as
Panadol, Nurofen and allergy medicines like Zyrtec are accepted for
travel. To make your transition easy you should:
- Carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is,
how much you will be taking, and stating that it is for your own
- Leave the medicine in its original packaging so it is clearly
labelled with your name and dosage instructions.
If you intend to travel with large quantities of medicine,
including over-the-counter or private prescription medications, you
should ask your doctor, dentist or pharmacist to provide you with a
letter explaining why you need to carry such quantities.