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Medical Air Travel Advice

Air Travel AdviceEveryone who travels by air should be familiar with the rules and regulations of air travel. However, with regulations frequently changing CME can provide you with a variety of medical air travel advice. These senior travel tips will help the traveler understand what to expect and experience a hassle-free travel experience.
Avoiding Blood Clots in Flight

A variety of travelers are subject to getting blood clots in their legs after long flights. If this has ever happened to you it is important to inform your primary care physician and obtain necessary medication. To prevent this from happening it is critical that you get up from your seat and walk up and down several times throughout the flight. Another air medical travel advice is to wear clot-preventing support stockings, drink a substantial amount of fluids especially water, and stretch/exercise your calf muscles throughout the flight.

Experiencing Jet Lag

Jet lag is a common feeling after a long flight, especially international flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Some medical travel advice that will assist you in dealing with jet lag include the following:

  • It is important to get a substantial amount of rest prior to a flight. Being well rested allows for your body to be stress-free.
  • A senior tip that is most helpful is to eat small well-balanced meals several days prior to your traveling a long distance. Jet lag generally causes fatigue so our physicians recommend fiber-rich meals prior and during the flight and assist with jet lag.
  • On international flights there is a lot of room to move around. Use this medical travel advice to your advantage. Walk up and down the aisles of the aircraft. Flex your toes and rotate your ankles every now and then. This will keep your blood circulation going.
  • When traveling internationally, you cross several different time zones. When you arrive at your final destination, follow the local meal and sleep schedules. This will assist you in adjusting to the time change.

Senior Travel Tips for Travelers with Disabilities

Every airline has different procedures and accommodations available for those passengers who have a disability. Consult with the airline you are flying to determine what special services are available. If you have questions about the rights of disabled passengers, contact the United States Department of Transportation's hotline. The toll free number is (866) 266-1368 (voice) or (866) 754-4368 (TTY). 

Or you can call one of our patient transport specialists at 1.877.451.8063; +1.561.541.8063 (international) to discuss your transport needs and inquire about travel tips based on your travel itinerary.

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