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UP, UP &


TAKE FLIGHT, FEEL RIGHT compiled by Helen Peterson

Air travel is more popular than ever. With seat sales available on the Internet, last-minute deals and the Canadian dollar holding its own around the world, getting away has never been easier. But of course once at the airport, the fun begins, as in checkpoint Charlie at every turn, limits on items in hand luggage, long line-ups, etc. When flying, especially if changing planes and enduring a very long day, there are things you

can do to try to eliminate fatigue, jet lag and other issues. The Aerospace Medical Association (AMA), in conjunction with Air Canada (, has outlined some pertinent suggestions to help passengers “get there feeling good.� The most important piece of advice offered is that passengers requiring prescription medications should always carry them on board in their hand luggage. This is especially important if you are taking medication for heart disease, diabetes or seizures. This sounds logi-

cal but surprisingly some will forget and pack supplies in their checked baggage. As well, passengers with severe allergies should carry one or more EpiPens as they would under any circumstances. Jet lag is often associated with air travel, especially when crossing multiple time zones. The symptoms of jet lag are many and vary with each individual, but result mainly from the internal body clock being out of phase with the daily schedule at the travel destination. Sleep is also often disrupted, leading to additional fatigue. Adjusting to jet lag

is generally easier when travel is to the west, but most travellers adjust to the new time after a few days. Air travel, whether for business or pleasure, whether short haul or long haul, is safe and should be enjoyable. Understanding the aircraft cabin environment and planning ahead can make your journey more comfortable for the healthy traveller as well as the traveller with medical conditions or special needs. If in doubt, check with your physician or your airline. (cont. next page)

Vancouver Courier August 13 2010  

Vancouver Courier August 13 2010

Vancouver Courier August 13 2010  

Vancouver Courier August 13 2010