Recommendations for special passengers

They are considered special passengers those who, due to their characteristics, need a treatment special by airlines: children traveling alone, pregnant women, sick people, people with mobility problems, etc. However, when making the flight reservation and purchasing the ticket, it is necessary to inform the airline of the circumstances of the passenger so that he can benefit from the help that this offers him.

Although generally, most passengers (in good health and sick) do not usually have any risk during an airplane trip, it is advisable to consult before doctor before starting a trip, especially in the following cases:

- After an eye, lung or abdomen surgical intervention.
- After having a heart attack, angina or if you have circulatory problems.
- If you have to travel with your legs in a cast.
- In case of suffering from lung disease or respiratory failure.
- In case of sinusitis or ear infections.
- People with respiratory allergies or nasal problems derived from infections.

In the cases listed above, the doctor will inform the patient of the adequacy to undertake a flight and the precautions necessary to bring it to fruition.

It is important to keep in mind that modern aircraft reach altitudes that can reach 11,000 meters in height, with an outside temperature of around sixty degrees below zero and minimum oxygen levels. These extreme conditions they involve adopting favorable artificial conditions inside the aircraft in terms of air pressure and humidity. In addition, to this must be added the fact that travelers have quite reduced mobility during the trip.

Airlines usually provide some recommendations food and physical (exercises during the flight) in order to help the passenger's well-being and mitigate the effects of prolonged immobility, on flights of more than three hours.

In the case of sick passengers, the airline's medical service will determine whether or not to make the trip, and under what conditions. These may travel on a stretcher or accommodated in various seats, after consulting the airline regarding conditions and rates. If the transport is carried out on a stretcher, the patient must go compulsorily accompanied of a person.

Regarding pregnant women, airlines advise Do not perform a trip of these characteristics when the gestation stage exceeds the 36 weeks. In any case, it is recommended to consult with the contracted company since, in some cases, you must sign a Disclaimer of the airline in the event of any eventuality that may arise due to the status of the signatory.

As for the minorsAs a general rule, they should be accompanied by an adult. There are airlines that have a companion service and that are usually crew personnel (upon payment of the service).

When a child has met the five years of age can travel alone, provided that the guardian or a person responsible for the minor signs a Disclaimer Y guarantee the collection of the child at the destination airport by an accredited adult.
Most airlines provide some special services for those traveling with babies or minors: children books, games or menus, as long as it is requested in advance.

Aena | Passengers with special needs (June 2022)

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