Fit to Fly
Am I Fit to Travel?
Fitness to Fly
Most people are fit to travel by air, but special attention is required for passengers whose medical conditions may be exacerbated by altitude, hypoxia, travel stress, manhandling luggage, changing climates and food, as well as other travel related difficulties.
All passengers should ensure they are medically fit prior to embarking on air travel. We strongly recommend that you consult your own doctor or an aerospace medical specialist for advice before travel if you have any concerns or doubts about your fitness for travel.
Some passengers may require medical clearance from our Aviation Medicine Unit to help us ensure their health, safety and comfort inflight and facilitate the provision of any special assistance that may be required during the journey. Medical clearance to fly may be required when:
- a passenger’s fitness to travel is in doubt as a result of recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery.
- a passenger has an existing medical condition where there is reasonable doubt that they can complete the flight safely, without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight e.g. breathing difficulties, unstable angina, terminal illness, etc.
- special services such as oxygen or the use of medical equipment on board is required.
For details of our medical clearance requirements please see the Medical Clearance section under Special Assistance or contact our local Reservations office for advice before travelling.
More information is available in the Special Assistance section for the following passengers: