Air Travel Dangers

US passport and Airline ticketsWhen thinking of injuries due to air travel, virtually everyone thinks of one thing: a plane crash.  While a crash is obviously a risk of travel, the actual risk of being hurt in a crash are quite small.  In fact, the real air travel dangers are much more varied and unknown to many travelers.  One of the most common is thrombosis.

The Basics

Thrombosis is the medical condition where blood clots form in a blood vessel and prevent normal blood flow. It (thrombosis) is also a potentially life-threatening situation, and one of the leading causes of death in our society.

Air travelers particularly may be at risk to this condition because of limited leg room provided by the tight seating on long-distance flights. This is especially the case for those riding in the “economy class” area of the aircraft. The seating space is so limited that it can actually inhibit sufficient blood flow in the legs of all passengers. Studies have shown that even physically fit individuals are at risk.  A helpful website,, offers a comprehensive set of facts on thrombosis.  It is a helpful read for those worrying about their risk of the condition or who believe they or a loved one may have been affected.

Contributing factors to Thrombosis
There are several known factors that can increase the potential for thrombosis to develop. Genetically, some individuals are naturally prone for the development of blood clots, a condition known as “thrombophilia”. Age (elderly) and fitness level (overweight) can also place individuals at greater risk for thrombosis. The physical conditions of the plane itself may put all passengers at an increased risk. The risk of this air travel danger would increase if, for instance, the air is dry, re-circulation is inadequate, and/or if one is seated in the more cramped quarters of economy class.

Preventing Thrombosis
Air travelers should be aware that a number of methods exist to safeguard against “economy class syndrome”. Staying sufficiently hydrated is very important and can be best achieved by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcoholic beverages. Passengers also should strive to make themselves as comfortable as space will allow. Examples of comfort measures are storing baggage in overhead compartments (instead of underfoot) and utilizing opportunities to move about the aircraft cabin. High-risk passengers may also consider consulting with their physician prior to flying and wearing special support hose that help increase circulation.

As mentioned previously, certain contributing factors to thrombosis are beyond the control of most passengers.

Filing an Air Travel Dangers Claim
If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from thrombosis due to air travel, you should immediately seek out proper medical attention. After consulting your doctor, if you believe your thrombosis resulted or was made worse by the actions (inactions) of the airline, you should seek advice from a legal profession to determine your rights. If you would like us to review your case, please call The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an free online case evaluation.

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