Who is not allowed to fly by helicopter. 20.03.2019

Helicopters are one of the safest modes of transport. They are often used for evacuating patients who have serious injuries. This kind of flight does not cause any additional harm to their health. Children and pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled fly by helicopter. Often a helicopter is the only way to get to the right place quickly. But some people are not allowed to fly. In this article we will tell you who should not use this type of transport.

Diseases it is better not to fly with

The helicopter rises to a greater height, where a pressure drop occurs, and the amount of oxygen decreases. If a person has a heart or vascular problem, they should consult their doctor before flying. This kind of journey is prohibited after surgery.

There are also people at risk who suffer from thrombosis. During the journey, blood pools in the veins, and if the pressure drops too much, a blood clot may break off.

Before traveling by helicopter, those who suffer from an aortic aneurysm, pulmonary hypertension, have blood circulation disorders or take hormonal drugs should consult with a doctor. Flights are not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia or fear of flying.

A helicopter ride has to be postponed even if a person has a normal runny nose. Also, it is prohibited to fly with respiratory diseases or a temperature: severe pain in the ears and a sharp deterioration of the condition may result.

Who else is at risk

Pregnant women are only allowed in the helicopter after the 3rd month. Travelling in the final months of pregnancy is prohibited. Travel by children less than three years of age is not recommended.

Divers should exercise caution. At least 24 hours must have elapsed since the last dive before the flight. The body is under severe stress at depth, and a sudden rise into the air can cause serious damage. The same applies to ordinary tourists who enjoy snorkelling.

What to do if you have to fly

There are situations when you have to fly. If you are at risk, take heart medication, sedatives, vasoconstrictor medication or motion sickness medication with you, and before booking your flight, make sure you have an oxygen cushion in the salon. As a rule, the helicopter first-aid kit has all necessary reliable modern medicines.

It is recommended that you do not cross your legs during the flight, so as not to constrict your blood vessels. As it is forbidden to walk on the helicopter, try to move your feet and fingers and use soft sports shoes for this purpose.

During normal passenger transportation, eating in the salon is usually prohibited, but you must drink water, because dehydration is a risk at altitude. It is better not to drink alcohol, juices and soda.

Helicopters are much lighter and smaller than planes, and that’s why turbulence is often experienced If you suffer from sea sickness, you should eat before your flight, not drink coffee, take appropriate medicines in advance and take refreshing napkins and lemon slices with you.

During takeoff by helicopter, as well as in an airplane, the ears are often clogged. Don’t be afraid, just swallow some saliva or grab some mint candy. After reaching altitude of the discomfort will pass.

Despite the fact that modern helicopters have reliable noise-absorbing systems, passengers are provided with headphones. Some take earplugs with them, but if you are unable to hear anything, it’s better to not to use them.

It’s better to use glasses than contact lenses in flight. This is due to the dehydration of the body, and if there are problems with the lens in the helicopter, it will be very difficult to resolve them.

It` s customary to behave quietly in a helicopter, but if you get sick, don’t hesitate to ask for help, don’t tolerate pain and discomfort in silence. Medicines provided on board will help you to withstand your flight safely.

Author: Nikolai Danilov


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