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Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:53 am

Hi all,
My aunt just broke her ankle and is getting a cast put on tomorrow. There is no word if she will get a full leg cast or one below the knee. We're hoping for a walking cast. The problem is that she is scheduled to fly next Wednesday (the 21st).

What preparations does she need to take? Should she call the airline beforehand to let them know and to get a bulkhead row seat? Or is that something better done at the airport? Are there any areas of concern that she needs to be aware of?
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:56 am

She def needs to call the airline and make arrangements for the bulkhead row, and request a wheelchair if she also would need on. If cannot walk at all she needs to let the airline know that, as there are different types of wheelchair requests depending on the severity of the ailment. But most importantly I would recommend called the airline and requesting the bulkhead row as soon as possible.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:12 pm

Call the airlines MEDA desk (Medical Advice) and advise them type of cast, also ask the doctor to ensure theere is a bivalve in place to relieve pressure , as the aircraft reaches altitude there is a good chance of increased swelling, which may result in reduced circulation and possible procurement of DVT, depending on length of flights. Alot of carriers may not allow travel for several days unless the cast is
1) cut almost in half
2) bi valve in place when cast is constructed
3) cast is removed totally

Defintely contact the appropriate air carrier, don't depend on a Travel Agent to do it, then have the carrier fax you or e-mail you confirmation your request has been dealt with, then PRINT IT AND TAKE IT WITH YOU AS PROOF WHEN SENDING MOM OFF!
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:18 pm

Also depending on the length of the flight there may be medical treatment which should be done prior to flying. She should talk to her healthcare provider about her upcoming flight.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:25 pm

What airline is she flying?
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:28 pm

I would imagine having a Dr's note saying that she is fit to fly will also be needed. That issue has come up on an episode or 2 of Airport/Airline.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:50 pm

You definitely gotta call. I know at Delta she'd likely get a bulkhead row as those are reserved for pax. with immobile/fused legs. I'd imagine other airlines are similar.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:39 pm

just don't fly Air France!!!

I dislocated my knee this summer in paris and AF refused to allow me to use my FPoo mileage to upgrade into Club and on arrival at LHR - they lost my crutches which had to be sent down the chute.

No assistance was offered and I had to make my own way home limping on one leg. My crutches arrived 3 days later with no apology. Letters sent were only answered last month with a brief comment saying my journey home by was not their problem.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:46 pm

Well, in 1997, when I had to fly home from SAN to ORF in with a 3/4 length cast, CO was gracious enough to give me my own row for the both flights, as well as allowing myself and my father entry into the club in IAH. This allowed me to elevate my leg so that the swelling would not be as bad (this was about 2 weeks after breaking my both bones in my leg right above my ankle, right through the growth plate).

I know it is a different world now, but it can't hurt to try to get her her own row.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:04 pm

I was flying with my aunt who had a broken foot and we called B6 to let them know and they were extremely gracious and put her and myself and my mother in a "bulkhead" row (but they said that my mother and I could get kicked out if someone else who needs the bulkhead calls, which is fine).

Anyways, we show up at the airport and get her the wheelchair -- all great signature B6 service.

Until we get our boarding passes -- Row 3! I think to myself -- maybe Row 3 is the bulkhead on one side of the B6 320? Turns out -- nope, it's not. They hold the first 3 rows of the plane for medical/unaccompanied minor/etc. use. They refer to them ALL as "bulkhead". So yes we had nice seats in the front of the plane (easier for her to get on and off with the wheelchair). BUT, she didn't have the room to stretch out her leg like we thought!

Oh well, she's short so it worked out okay, and B6 does have great service and they worked with her to make it work.

Moral of the story: If she really needs a bulkhead, make it VERY clear that she needs the space to stretch out her leg.
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RE: Flying With A Broken Leg

Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:18 pm

Just to clarify, she will not be able to exitrow seats, as she would block the exit with her cast.
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