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During Your Flight

There are a number of ways to make your flight to Hawaii more enjoyable. Here are some suggestions provided by the airlines.

Prevent air sickness

Before you depart, consult your physician if you are concerned about airsickness. He or she may be able to prescribe medication for this. You might also bring a copy of your medical records and ask your doctor for a referral in case of an emergency while you are away.

To enhance your physical comfort

Chew gum, yawn, or suck on hard candies to help relieve the pressure that builds in your ears when the airplane ascends and descends. Drink plenty of water while onboard the aircraft to avoid dehydration during the flight. Do light stretching exercises in your seat and walk through the cabin frequently (when safe to do so).

The relatively low humidity in the cabin can increase allergy or asthma symptoms. Take preventative measures as necessary.

To combat jet lag

Reset your watch to the destination's time as soon as you get on the plane. If it's daytime at your destination, try to stay awake during the flight. Walking around the cabin may help keep you alert. If it's nighttime, try to sleep. You may find it helpful to use earplugs and a sleeping mask to block out distractions on the plane.

Flying during pregnancy

It is generally recommended that women not fly during their last six weeks of pregnancy. Some airlines require that pregnant passengers traveling within 30 days of their expected delivery date must provide a doctor's statement dated within 72 hours of departure. Pregnant women should always consult their obstetricians before traveling.

Avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when blood clots form in the veins, most typically in the legs, and then break off and pass into the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism, or to the heart. To help prevent DVT during flight, do some light exercises:

• Get up and walk around the cabin every 30 minutes or so.
• Flex your toes, ankles, and calf muscles while seated.
• If there’s room, elevate your feet a bit.