Health and Well-Being on board

Be fit onboard with MYP

Pre-travel medical examinations

It is recommended that international passengers seek a pre-travel medical examination and advice on vaccinations, safety precautions and information on the current situation at the destination, before and for the duration of the trip.

Whilst traveling

Air travel may have physical or psychological effects: stress, abdominal distension, ear pain, sinus congestion, leg swelling, body ache, airsickness, jet lag and, in rare cases, deep vein thrombosis.
 
Some recommendations to keep in good form during your flight:

  • Avoid heavy meals before and during flight
  • Breath deeply, be relaxed, as stress increases gastric acidity and abdominal discomfort
  • Keep hydrated by drinking water or fruit juice throughout the flight; avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks because of their diuretic effect
  • Use moisturizer to prevent skin dryness
  • Wear loose fitting cloths, take off shoes and move around in the cabin
  • Stretch and move your body as recommended for in-flight exercises
  • Consult your doctor for appropriate treatment to prevent airsickness; keep eyes fixed on a non-moving object during turbulence
  • For personnel hygiene, wash hands regularly

On board Medical Assistance

MYP like every airline has some capability to render medical care inflight. Cabin crews are well and regularly trained for first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Medical equipment available includes:

  • First- aid kits (to used by cabin crew)
  • Medical kits (one white and one black) are available for on-board medical doctors or with use of defibrillator
  • Automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Wheelchair (for long distance flight)

For your safety

Contra-indication and advice for sick passengers traveling by plane Sick passengers are sensitive to minor changes, therefore medical consultation before travelling is necessary to minimize health risks.  Medications must be kept in the hand luggage. Travelers with cardiac diseases who have to carry medical equipment on board must travel with a medical certificate. 

The following conditions are contra-indicated for air travel :

  • Infant less than 7 days of age,  the cabin atmosphere can cause problem for newborns. MEDIF is needed for premature babies.
  • Pregnant women : non complicated pregnancy is accepted on board; the conditions depend on the airlines to prevent premature labor on board; caution should be exercised about frequent flying during early weeks because of hypoxia. The conditions for pregnant women are as follows :
  1. 1. Pregnancy more than 28 weeks must have a medical certificate confirming the date of delivery and conditions of pregnancy
  2. 2. Single pregnancy can travel until 36th week for the flight less than 4 hours and 34th weeks for the flight more than 4 hours. The medical certificate with estimate date of delivery and confirmation of a normal pregnancy is needed.
  3. 3. Multiple or complicated pregnancy (placenta previa, past history of premature delivery etc.) are relatively contra-indicated for travelling long distance by air, the medical approval from the company is absolutely needed.
  4. 4. Pregnancy more than 36 weeks is an absolute contra-indication for travelling by air.

If you require the use of wheelchairs, please click here for more information.

Advice for elderly passenger

Preparation for air travel

  1. 1. Avoid traveling in remote areas.
  2. 2. Consult your family doctor regarding appropriate medications, vaccinations, etc.
  3. 3. For any existing, chronic illness, to ensure that health conditions are safe for the trip, keep any necessary medication in your hand luggage.
  4. 4. Pack appropriate clothing for the destination.
  5. 5. Confirm your health insurance before flying

At the destination

  1. 1. Elderly passengers ¬– like small children – are more prone to severe dehydration, therefore they should avoid long term sun exposure.
  2. 2. Prevent constipation by increasing water intake or using laxatives if necessary.
  3. 3. Be mindful of food and water hygiene.
  4. 4. Take adequate rest to adjust to the local time zone.
  5. 5. Keep skin clean to avoid infections.

Traveling with infant

  • Inform the local reservation & ticketing officers about children’s information for appropriate seating and preparation of facilities on the aircraft
    • The basket for babies less than 6 months of age, weighing less than 10 kg and not exceeding 62 cm in length  
    • For babies less than 2 years old, an FAA-approved car-seat can be used on the normal paid seat
  • Babies and toddlers must be held in the arms during take off and landing
  • Prepare adequate clothing to keep the baby warm in the plane
  • Air travel is not recommended for infants during the first week of life, when a newborn’s body is still adjusting to life outside the uterus and to assure that the child is healthy and free of congenital defects.
  • Children with chronic disease may be at risk for hypoxia during flight, and a physician should be consulted before air travel.
  • Changing cabin pressure cause temporary changes in middle ear pressure, which can result in pain. To minimize this, it is helpful to have a baby nurse a bottle, breast or suck on a pacifier (older children may drink from a cup or chewing gum) particularly during descent. This will help equalize the air pressure in the middle ear.  
  • For children who suffer from motion sickness, medication can be used 30 minutes before departure