WELLBEING ON BOARD
SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BEST ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT EXPERIENCE
BEFORE THE FLIGHT
If you have heart or lung problems, allergies or types of asthma, check with your doctor before you fly and ask him to fill in the Medical Information Form (MEDIF) not more than 7 days before your departure.
DURING THE FLIGHT
To prevent the minor disturbances that can be caused by variations in altitude, especially during take-off and landing, we suggest you yawn deeply, drink water and chew gum or suck on a candy.
Drink water and avoid alcoholic beverages before and during the flight, get up at regular intervals to stretch your legs and avoid uncomfortable shoes in order to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT syndrome).
Factors that may facilitate the onset of DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis) are: heredity, long-term hormonal treatment without proper medical supervision, marked and persistent alterations of coagulation factors without appropriate therapy, recent surgery (especially if related to circulation), previous episodes of DVT left untreated, serious and recent traumas to the lower limbs.
To prevent DVT syndrome, we suggest you:
- Drink water frequently
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages before or during the flight
- Wear comfortable shoes that are not tight around the ankles
- Avoid crossing your legs on board
- Get up frequently to stretch your legs in the aisle
- Do the recommended on-board exercises as often as possible
Get a good night's sleep before your flight to counteract the effects of jet-lag and, if your stay abroad is not more than 2 nights, try to stick to your own normal "biological clock". If your stay is longer, lead a healthy lifestyle so that you can adapt to the local time as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that jet-lag recovery time tends to be shorter when traveling west.