When is air travel not recommended?
Travel by air is not recommended in the following cases:
i) Infants less than two days old.
- After 32nd week of pregnancy for those with multiple pregnancies (e.g. twins).
- After 35th week of pregnancy for international flights.
- After 36th week of pregnancy for domestic sectors.
- Until seven days after delivery.
iii) Those suffering from:
- Angina pectoris or chest pain at rest.
- Serious or acute infectious disease.
- Decompression sickness after diving.
- Increased intracranial pressure due to haemorrhage, trauma or infection.
- Infections of the sinuses or infections of the ear and nose, particularly if the Eustachian tube is blocked.
- Skull fracture, if the sinuses are involved.
- Recent myocardial infarction and stroke (time period depending on severity of illness and duration of travel).
- Recent surgery or injury where trapped air or gas may be present, especially abdominal trauma and gastrointestinal surgery, cranio-facial and ocular injuries, brain operations, eye operations and penetrating injuries of the eyeball.
- Severe chronic respiratory disease, breathlessness at rest, or unresolved pneumothorax.
- Psychotic illness, except when fully controlled with medication.
For medical professionals, further information is available from Aerospace Medical Association's Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel.