FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

Recent Surgery - I have recently had surgery. Are there any restrictions when travelling by air?

Medical TeamThe subject of air travel following a surgical operation is becoming an important issue with the increasing frequency of day surgery. The time between surgery and travel varies depending on the complexity and extent of the surgical procedure.

It is appropriate to allow one to two days following keyhole surgery and between four and five days for simple abdominal surgery. Major chest or abdominal surgery requires a period of approximately ten days. Simple cataract or corneal laser surgery do not cause major complications and therefore 24 hours is an adequate gap between surgery and flying. More complex eye surgery, for example that used for a detachment of the back of the eye (retina) require approximately one week before air travel.

It is always best, in more complex cases, to contact the airline concerned in order that their medical adviser can have as much information as possible before making a decision on fitness to fly.


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  1. Anaemia - I suffer from anaemia and wonder if this would be a problem when flying.
  2. Heart Conditions - I have a heart condition; will I be able to travel by air?
  3. Carriage of Medication - Can I take my medication on board the aircraft?
  4. Contact Lenses - I wear contact lenses. What is the advice about wearing lenses during my flight and is there any guidance for taking lens solution on board the aircraft?
  5. Diabetes - I have diabetes, is there any special advice for diabetic people who wish to travel by air?
  6. DVT - Am I at risk of a blood clot when flying?
  7. Ear Pain - I notice that I frequently get ear pain when travelling by air, what causes this and what can I do about it?
  8. Electrically powered medical equipment - Can I take my electrically powered medical equipment in my hand baggage?
  9. Fear of Flying - I am very nervous at the thought of using air travel as a form of transport. Is there any treatment for my fear of flying and what causes it?
  10. Jet Lag - What is Jet Lag and how can it be treated?
  11. Malaria - Is it still a problem these days?
  12. Nut Allergy - I have a nut allergy, am I at risk while travelling by air?
  13. Oxygen - I have been told that I require oxygen for my flight. Can I take my own supply?
  14. Plaster Cast - If I have a broken limb with a plaster cast on, can I still fly?
  15. Pregnancy - I am pregnant, is it safe for me to travel by air?
  16. Psychiatric Condition - I have a psychiatric condition, which requires me to take medication and I worry that air travel may worsen my condition or that I may not be able to travel.
  17. Recent Surgery - I have recently had surgery. Are there any restrictions when travelling by air?
  18. Reduced Mobility - I have reduced mobility and wish to travel by air. Where can I find more information about my rights to assistance during my journey and will I need a medical certificate?
  19. Respiratory Disease - I have a lung condition which makes me breathless sometimes. Am I liable to have problems on an airplane?
  20. Sleep Apnoea - I suffer from sleep apnoea; can I take my Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine on board the aircraft as hand luggage for use in the aircraft cabin?
  21. Travel Insurance - Do I need to obtain travel insurance for my trip?
  22. Vaccinations - I am travelling abroad, will I need vaccinations prior to travel?
  23. Vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) - I use a Vagus nerve stimulator as part of my treatment for seizures. Can I take my device on board the aircraft?
  24. What is the risk of contagious disease (an infection that may be passed from one person to another) when flying?