Healthy Flying

Your wellbeing in the air

We aim to make your flight as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Simply follow these tips to ensure that you arrive at your destination feeling great

Your well being in the air

General Information

Smoking on board

Out of courtesy to our passengers, smoking is not permitted on Thomas Cook Airlines flights. 

E-cigarettes are also not permitted on board.

Defibrillators

The entire Thomas Cook Airlines fleet is equipped for medical emergencies, e.g. with defibrillators for heart failure. A defibrillator automatically analyses the heart rhythm. Should it determine a life-threatening ventricular fibrillation, it then demands an animating current pulse, which the helper triggers by pressing a button.

Our cabin crew regularly take part in training sessions on how to use the defibrillator.

Disinsectisation on board

Public health authorities in some countries demand all airline companies spray a “Standard Reference Aerosol” (SRA), which has been classified as harmless by the World Health Organisation, in the cabin before and/or after landing. This spray contains an active substance called natural pyrethrum, a Chrysanthemum extract, which evaporates within a few hours.

This measure is supposed to prevent animal or plant diseases being introduced and from spreading. The following countries require aircraft disinsectation: Barbados, Cuba, India, Jamaica, Madeira, Mauritius, Maldives, Mexico, Seychelles and Trinidad/Tobago.

Health care

Please find out in plenty of time prior to your journey, which immunisations, vaccinations or other preventative measures you may need for your destinations. If you are unsure, please seek medical advice on thrombosis and other health risks.

You can find general information at public health offices, doctors specialised in travel medicine, tropical disease specialists, health information services for travellers or at the Foreign Office Travel Advice Site

How to beat jet lag

Jet lag occurs when our biological clocks are disrupted by flying across time zones. This can affect sleep, appetite and bodily functions, but by making a few adjustments you can reduce the symptoms.

Inflight: Avoid drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, drink plenty of water and try to eat light meals.

On arrival: When you arrive, go out in the daylight as soon as possible. Try to adapt to the local bedtime on your first night. Relax as much as possible for the first few days – a catnap between 3pm and 5pm will help give you an energy boost.

Tips for a relaxed flight

Here’s what you can do:

  • Drink plenty of fluids! Because the air in the plane is very dry. We recommend you bring a bottle of water with you, in addition to the beverages on board. You can buy water after your hand baggage has been screened at the airport. You will find a free bottle of water at your seat on our long-haul flights.
  • Travel in comfortable clothing that is not too tight. Comfortable shoes and thicker socks will keep your feet nice and warm during the flight.
  • Takes some warm clothing or a small blanket on board. Some passengers find the air-conditioning on board cold.
  • Bring a neck support and a sleeping mask, this will ensure you sleep comfortably on the plane.
  • If you have a cold: apply some nose drops before takeoff and drink more than you usually would. This will keep your nose clear and it is easier for your ears to regulate the pressure changes during takeoff and landing.
  • Sometimes the plane will shake or make strange noises. This is completely normal and there is nothing to worry about.

Advice for nervous flyers

Some ideas, tips and tricks to make your journey less stressful:

Before booking your flight

Know what to expect. For many nervous fliers, just learning the basics of how an aircraft works can go a long way toward easing their anxiety. The explanation of how planes are able to fly, what causes turbulence, and what are the sounds that are heard during take-off and landing can put your mind at rest.

Whilst booking your flight

Using ‘choose your seat’ book a seat that’s towards the front of the aircraft. The sensations of turbulence are usually much greater towards the rear of the aircraft. Choose an aisle seat if you’re prone to claustrophobia. By knowing that you’ll be able to get up and move around the cabin more easily you'll feel less stressed.

Journey to the airport

Try not to rush, allow yourself plenty of time. Aim to get to the airport at least two to three hours before your flight departure time. Delays, traffic jams and running to the departure gate will only intensify your anxiety.

While boarding the aircraft

Tell the cabin crew when you board the aircraft and the passengers around you when you sit down. Having a fear of flying is nothing to be embarrassed about, and by letting those around you know of your fears, you are more likely to get support. Chat to the cabin crew and the pilot if he’s in the cabin before he does his pre-flight checks. By talking to the crew and observing their behaviour, it will reassure you.

Turbulence

Treat the turbulence as if you were driving along a bumpy road. If you do encounter turbulence don’t tense up or try to fight it. Instead, let your body move naturally with the aircraft movements.

Drinking on board

Try to avoid coffee or other drinks that contain caffeine it will over simulate you and will add to your anxiety. Make sure that you drink plenty of water as the air on board a plane is drier than the Sahara desert and dehydration will make you feel light headed and anxious.

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Advice and Tips before and during your flight

Lastly some ideas to make your flight with us more comfortable:

Special requirements

Hopefully, we already know about your special requirements such as dietary requests or if you need a wheelchair. If not, and this is an outbound flight, please advise a member of the cabin crew so that they can make arrangements for your return journey.

Sleep and seatbelts

If you’re planning to sleep during your flight, we recommend you fasten your seatbelt so your cabin crew don’t have to wake you should the Captain need to turn on the “fasten seatbelt” sign. We do however recommend that you keep your seatbelt fastened at all times while seated.

Inflight exercises

Humans aren’t designed to sit in one position for long, so to promote blood circulation we recommend some very light exercises you can do while seated and remember that even the smallest movements help with blood circulation.

Young children

We will do our utmost to make you feel as comfortable and welcome as possible during your flight with us. If you are travelling with young children, just ask the cabin crew if you need any milk or infant meals heating. Baby-changing facilities are available on all our aircraft, just ask the crew for the location nearest to your seat.

Alcohol consumption

Alcohol consumed on board an aircraft has a greater and faster effect than on the ground. Passengers are therefore not permitted to consume alcohol they have brought with them or from the on board duty-free service. We recommend you drink plenty of water while on board to keep hydrated and healthy.