Are you pregnant and thinking of going on a vacation by air? Do check the airline's policy you will be travelling on to have a hassle-free journey.
Travelling on a commercial airplane is considered safe during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy but there could be a few restrictions for the final trimester. You should be wary of the decreased air pressure during flight which can slightly reduce the amount of oxygen in a woman’s blood during the later part of pregnancy. Likewise, the radiation exposure associated with air travel at high altitudes is another risk.
Most of the passenger airlines have no restrictions for expecting mother till their 27th week of pregnancy. Beyond that, the rules may not be the same. Every airline has different policies and rules for pregnant travellers. Almost all airlines will say ‘no’ to pregnant travellers beyond their 36th week of pregnancy.
Factors that influence airline policies are the duration of pregnancy, overall health of women and whether one is expecting multiples or a single baby. Airline policies for pregnant travellers include:
Given that policies vary from one airline to another, it is wise to check the policies of the chosen airline. This can be done by talking to the concerned authorities or by simply checking their official website. Guidelines for pregnant women might vary by destination; make sure you check that too.
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