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For a Pleasant Flight

Before Departure

For passengers with health concerns

Pregnant women

As pregnancy is not an illness, air travel does not usually present health concerns for pregnant women. However, we recommend careful planning in consideration of your destination and schedule.

[Precautions before travel]
  • Consult your physician in advance to see if it is safe for you to fly.
  • Consult with your doctor if you have any systems such as bleeding or morning sickness, or if you have any complications including threatened miscarriage, anemia, or toxemia of pregnancy during pregnancy.
  • Reduce stress as much as possible.
  • The best time to travel during pregnancy is the stable period between 12 and 28 weeks.
[Cases when a consent form and medical certificate are required for international routes]
(Consent forms and medical certificates are always available at JAL offices)
  • When the expected delivery date is in 4 weeks or less (36th week of pregnancy or after)
    • * When the due date is in 14 days or less, an obstetrician must accompany the expectant mother.
  • When the due date is not certain.
  • When multiple births may be expected
  • When there were previous premature births.
[Medical certificates]
[Precautions during travel]
  • An aisle seat is recommended for easy access to the lavatories.
  • Perform leg exercises during long flights.
  • Fasten the seatbelt over a blanket so that pressure is not applied directly to the uterus.

Travel information of other airlines.

Passengers with panic disorders
[Features of panic disorder]
  • A disorder of persons susceptible to panic attacks, or who are continually afraid of having an attack.
  • Panic attacks can occur suddenly and involve anxiety, fear, heart palpitations, chest pains, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, dizziness, and shakiness.
[Advice]
  • Be sure to consult your family doctor in advance about whether air travel is feasible for you. If the doctor advises that it is permissible, ask about what you should do in case of a panic attack.
  • Be sure to carry on with you any medication you may need to treat a panic attack.
Scuba divers

Taking a flight directly after scuba diving poses a risk of decompression sickness, as onboard air pressure is less that that on the ground. The initial symptom of the illness is joint pain in the hands and feet.

[If you experience joint pain during a flight after scuba diving]
Remain still and try to keep warm. Tell the flight attendant.
[Prevention]
Wait at least 24 hours after scuba diving before boarding a plane.
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