It is necessary to pressurise the outside air drawn into the cabin to sufficient density for your comfort and health. Cabins are pressurised to a maximum cabin altitude of 2440 metres. It is the same air pressure as you were at an elevation of 2440 metres above sea level. The cabin pressure during and normal rates of change in cabin pressure during climb and decent do not pose a problem for the most passengers. However, if you suffer from uppre respiratory or sinus infections, obstructive pulmonary diseases, anemias or certain cardiovascular conditions, you could experience discomfort. Children and infants might experience some discomfort because of pressure change during climb and descent.
If you are suffering from nasal congestion or allergies, use nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines 30 minutes prior to decent to help open up your ear and sinus passages. If you have a cold or flu or hayfever, your sinuses could be impaired. Swollen membranes in your nose could block your eustachian tubes-the tiny channels between your middle ear chamber. This can cause discomfort during changes in cabin pressure, particularly during descent.
- If you have pre-existing medical condition that warrants supplemental oxygen, you can order from us. Please give at least seven days notice before travelling.
- To clear “clear” your ears try swallowing and/or yawning. These actions help pen your eustachian tubes, equilising pressure between your middle are chamber and your throat.
- When flying with an infant , feed or give your baby a dummy during descent. Sucking and swallowing will help infants equalize the pressure in their ears.