Who is fit to fly

Patients with these problems should avoid flying: 9

• upper airways congested by infection, including influenza

• acute gastroenteritis

• severe respiratory disease (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumothorax)

• unstable heart failure

• pregnancy beyond 200 days (28 weeks) (up to 36 weeks if necessary)

• previous violent or unpredictable behaviour

• within 4 weeks of a myocardial infarction

• within 14 days of a cerebrovascular accident

• within 14 days of major surgery

• brain tumour or recent skull fracture

• recent eye surgery

• severe or poorly controlled hypertension

• poorly controlled epilepsy

Special precautions are required by travellers with the following problems:

• Colostomy. Patients should wear a large colostomy bag and take extra bags.

• Varicose veins. Such patients should wear supportive stockings and exercise frequently.

• Plaster casts. Those with broken limbs in plaster should be careful of swelling.

• Pacemakers. Those with pacemakers may have a problem with X-rays at some overseas airports. Mention it to security officials before passing through security equipment.

• Epilepsy. Medication should be increased on the day of travel.

• Diabetics. Diabetics should discuss their therapy and control with their doctor. They should carry sweets.

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