General Health Information
Effects of Altitude
The Cabin Environment

General Health Information

Air travel in commercial aircraft is fast, convenient, and safe with the vast majority of passengers reaching near and distant destinations safely and without deleterious health effects. However, the aircraft environment and travel related factors can cause certain stresses on the traveler, and several tips can make travel more enjoyable. This page has been prepared by the Aerospace Medical Association to provide passengers with general health information and useful air travel tips.

Plan ahead:

  • Be sure your immunizations are current.
  • Delay your trip if you are not well.
  • Reserve a seat by the wing if you are prone to air sickness.
  • Seek the advice of your physician if there is any question.
  • Allow ample time to check in and reach your departure gate.
  • Carry your medication with you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes that have been worn previously.

  • Inflight:
  • Eat lightly.
  • Drink water and fruit juices.
  • Do not place anything under the seat in front of you so you can stretch and exercise your legs.
  • Stand and walk about the cabin periodically.
  • Relax and enjoy your flight.