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Do's and Don'ts

Dos and Donts

We care about your safety and comfort. Here are some general travel tips to make your journey a delightful one.

Motion sickness

Unfortunately, turbulence is sometimes unavoidable and you may experience the familiar nausea that comes with motion sickness. There are, however, some simple things you could do to fight the feeling.

  • Avoid a late evening with spicy food and alcoholic beverages the previous day.
  • Ask for a seat in middle section of the aircraft.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages on the day of the flight.
  • Have a light dry snack like biscuits or toast, 2 hours prior to the flight and take a light meal onboard.
  • Avoid alcohol but have plenty of water and juices.
  • If you experience nausea, open the air vents, keep your head still, lie back with your seat in the reclining position, close your eyes and try to relax.
  • Use the airsickness bag well in time.
  • As an added precaution, consult your physician before flight and take medication as advised.
  • Do not experiment with self-medication.

Anxiety of flying

You might have a little apprehension if you are taking your first flight, but remember that over a century of manned flight has made flying extremely safe. To help you relax and enjoy the flight, try some of the following tips:

  • Adjust your seat in a reclining position, unless advised otherwise by the cabin crew.
  • Close your eyes, imagine a pleasant environment, concentrate on relaxing every part of the body and feel the tension drain away.
  • Breathe in, count to three and breathe out counting to three, for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Consult your physician before flight and take medication as advised.

Changes in cabin pressure

Even in a pressurized aircraft, minor changes in cabin pressure do occur during take off and landing, resulting in some discomfort, mainly in the ears. This occurs particularly when you have a cold or a respiratory infection. Discomfort caused by cabin pressure can be avoided by equalizing the pressure in your ear by following these easy steps:

  • Start chewing sweet candy. Your cabin crew will be delighted to provide you with some sweets.
  • Yawn, swallow saliva, and perform side-to-side movements of the jaw.
  • Stay awake during take off and landing.
  • Children should be given fluids to drink or sweets to chew on and infants and toddlers could benefit from use of pacifiers / milk bottles.
  • Try blowing out keeping your nose and mouth shut. This helps especially during descent.
  • Finally, if you have a cold or an ear infection, see your physician before flying.

Food and drinks

In-flight cuisine is yours to savor and enjoy, but sometimes, changes in cabin pressure can make you feel a little bloated and uncomfortable. These simple tips will ensure that you enjoy your meal and flight:

  • Avoid heavy meals and over-indulgence in alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and fresh juices. Try and avoid drinking too much tea, coffee or aerated waters as these cause dehydration.

Aircraft medical kits

The contents and specifications of the first aid and physician’s kits carried on board the aircraft are laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and cannot be modified without their approval. Guests are thus requested to carry all medication that they may require in their hand luggage.

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