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The most important facts about “Flying with a plaster-cast”

  • Flying with a plaster cast can entail health risks.
  • Most airlines offer a wheelchair service.
  • You can usually take walking aids with you to the boarding gate.
  • However, you must inform the airline of this.
  • Flying is strictly forbidden within the first 24 hours after a fracture such as a broken leg.
  • Between 24 hours and 48 hours after the fracture, only flights lasting less than two hours are permitted!
  • If the plaster cast starts to pinch during the flight, it should be removed to restore blood circulation.

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Our comprehensive guide offers tips for a smooth journey so that you can concentrate on your health. Find out what restrictions you should be aware of, what medication you can take with you and how you can optimise your flight comfort. With our advice, flying with a cast will not only be safe, but also stress-free – making your journey an enjoyable experience, despite potential challenges.

Flying with a plaster cast – Can I fly with a plaster cast?

Can I fly with a plaster cast? Can I fly after an operation? In the first 24 hours after a fracture such as a broken leg, flying is strictly forbidden in order to avoid possible complications caused by the initial tissue swelling. This ban even extends to the first 48 hours after the fracture, as this is when the swelling is at its most severe. If a flight is unavoidable, between 24 and 48 hours after the fracture, only flights lasting less than two hours should be considered.

Particular attention should be paid to the first 7 days after the fracture, during which it is recommended to split the plaster. This practice can be continued afterwards to give the tissue more room, as slight swelling may occur under low air pressure.

It is important to note that airlines may refuse to carry passengers with casts, and the exact regulations can be found in the conditions of carriage. Passengers with casts generally require a medical certificate confirming that they are fit to fly. A visit to the attending doctor not only enables this certificate to be issued, but also provides an opportunity to discuss potential risks. Some airlines also require passengers to sign a declaration of consent to ensure that they are aware of the risks associated with the transport.

Can children with casts fly?

The ability of children with casts to fly depends on various factors, including the type of injury, the stability of the cast and the approval of the doctor treating them. The doctor will assess the condition of the injury and make recommendations regarding fitness to fly. The stability of the plaster cast is crucial in order to avoid possible complications.

In addition, airline guidelines must be observed, as some may require additional documentation or measures. The age of the child also plays a role, especially for younger children who may require more care. Before booking a flight, it is advisable to consult with the treating doctor and check the airline guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable journey.

When can you not fly?

Flying with a plaster cast is not normally permitted in the first few days after a fracture, as the swelling is at its most severe. An unstable cast or prolonged flight may raise further concerns. Changes in air pressure during the flight could be problematic for certain injuries. It is important to check airline guidelines and speak to your doctor before travelling. The doctor can check the cast, assess the condition of the injury and make recommendations for fitness to travel. In some cases, a medical certificate may be required to confirm fitness to fly. Individual circumstances should always be taken into account and the doctor’s instructions should be followed.

How do passengers travelling with a plaster cast get their certificate

To obtain a “fit to fly” certificate for air travel with a plaster cast, air travellers should follow the steps below: First, they contact the doctor or medical professional treating them, be it their GP or a specialist. An appointment will be made to discuss travel plans and assess suitability for the flight. During the medical examination, the doctor will check the plaster cast and assess the patient’s state of health to determine their fitness to fly. If the assessment is positive, the doctor issues the “Fit to Fly” certificate, which confirms fitness to fly. It is important to check the airline’s requirements to ensure that all the necessary documents are available in good time before the planned journey.

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Do you need an extra seat with a cast?

The need for additional seating for passengers with casts depends on a number of factors, including the type and position of the cast, individual mobility and airline guidelines. For a leg cast, a single seat may be sufficient, while more extensive casts may require additional space. It is important to check the airline’s conditions and consult with your doctor. They can make recommendations regarding comfort and safety during the flight. Before booking, it is advisable to clarify individual needs to ensure an appropriate and comfortable flight and to avoid having to pay for an extra seat.

Are there any additional costs when flying with a plaster cast?

Additional costs may be incurred when flying with a cast if an additional seat is required or special medical documentation, such as a “fit-to-fly” certificate, is needed. The exact costs depend on the airline and individual circumstances. It is advisable to check the airline’s policy and clarify in advance whether additional costs may apply.

How do I book the additional seats I need on the aircraft?

To book additional seats, you can contact the airline directly. Call their website or customer service phone and explain that you need additional seats. Ask about availability and fees. Alternatively, you can log in to the airline’s online booking system, find the ‘Manage booking’ section and follow the instructions to add or change seats.

If you have booked through a travel agent, let them know your requirements and they can help you book the additional seats. Note that the exact steps may vary depending on the airline, so it is advisable to check the specific instructions on the website or contact customer service directly.

What are the risks of flying with a plaster cast?

What are the health risks of flying with a plaster cast? Flying with a plaster cast can pose health risks, as the pressure during the flight can cause swelling and discomfort in the cast area.

The restricted freedom of movement and possible circulatory problems increase the risk of discomfort. Medical advice should therefore be sought before the flight to ensure safety. A doctor can assess whether special measures are required and whether flying is safe in your case.

Travelling with a cast – precautions before the flight

If you are travelling with a cast, it is important to take a few precautions before the flight to minimise potential health risks. Start by seeking medical advice from your doctor. Have them check whether it is safe to fly in your case and discuss possible adjustments to the cast to prevent swelling and discomfort during the flight.

During the flight, you should regularly perform light movement and stretching exercises to promote blood circulation. When choosing a seat, favour seats with sufficient legroom, ideally an aisle seat for more freedom of movement. Together with your doctor, consider whether it makes sense to take mild painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate any discomfort.

Don’t forget to inform your flight insurance company about the plaster cast to ensure that you are adequately covered in the event of complications. By taking these preventative measures, you can minimise the potential risks of holidaying with a cast and make your flight as pleasant as possible.

Flying with a plaster cast – handling a wheelchair

What requirements must my wheelchair or mobility scooter fulfil in order to be transported on a flight? To fly with a wheelchair or mobility scooter, inform the airline in advance, reserve the required space, check the batteries, observe weight and size restrictions, secure and pack the device properly, clarify any documentation requirements and allow sufficient time for check-in at the airport. Also inform the flight staff of any special requirements on arrival.

Flying with a plaster cast – handling walking aids

When flying with a plaster cast and walking aids, it is important to inform the airline in advance. Reserve the required space for the walking aids and clarify the airline’s specific guidelines. Allow extra time for check-in and inform the flight crew of your situation to ensure a smooth process.

Conclusion on flying with plaster

Flying with a plaster cast requires some precautions. Before travelling, you should obtain a “fit-to-fly” certificate from your doctor in good time. The airline should be informed about the cast and any adjustments to the cast may be necessary. It is advisable to find out about the airlines’ specific guidelines in advance to ensure a smooth process and a relaxed holiday.

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