To help your body adjust to flying and to maintain your personal comfort and wellbeing, we recommend you:
Also we recommend that you:
Please note: you should not do any of these exercises if they cause you pain or cannot be done with ease.
Occasionally a passenger may become ill inflight. The vast majority of the problems are minor, and are easily dealt with by the cabin crew.
The following is available should someone require medical assistance on board:
Guidance is provided in the airlines' inflight magazine about how to maximise your personal comfort and wellbeing inflight, through simple exercises and sensible eating and drinking.
Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a condition in which a blood clot develops in one of the veins of the legs.
This usually causes a painful swollen calf but in a few cases could cause more serious illness, or in rare, severe cases can be life-threatening.
The perceived link with long distance flying is mainly due to issues of prolonged immobility - sitting in one position for a long time - which can slow down the blood circulation. DVT in itself is not a specific airline or economy class issue - and any situation of prolonged immobility could increase the chance of DVT.
Also it is important to note that there are a number of individual factors which increase the likelihood of someone developing a DVT - whether or not they are flying. People most at risk are those who are:
If you are in any of the above categories, or have any concerns about your health needs, we recommend that you consult your doctor before you fly.
S/he may recommend medication, the use of elastic support stockings, or other measures.
Please advise us when making your reservation:
If you have any concerns about any medical condition which might affect you during a flight, please consult your doctor before you travel.
Passenger safety is of the utmost importance to Air New Zealand. No effort is spared to ensure maximum safety both inflight and on the ground. All Air New Zealand aircrew are highly trained for any situation, and all aircraft must meet strict worldwide safety standards. In the highly unlikely event of an emergency, the crew will know exactly what to do. For passengers, a Safety Information card can be found in the seat pocket in front of you on the aircraft. Once on board the aircraft, it is important that you read this carefully, take note of the safety features, and the restrictions on the use of portable electronic equipment and mobile phones. The card also details the passenger "brace position" and all the exits provided. Identify the location and operation of the nearest exit to your seating position and please replace the card for the next person.
To review an aircraft specific safety information card, prior to travelling, select the appropriate aircraft type from the list.
Please note that while it is not uncommon for passengers to remove their shoes to alleviate the potential discomfort of normal swelling during flight, it is however a requirement that passengers must wear safe, appropriate footwear for boarding and disembarking.