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Fractures
Updated on 09 Mar 2018

Fractures

The cabin environment of commercial aircraft corresponds to a lower atmospheric pressure than at the surface, which does not significantly affect the generality of passengers.

In the case of passengers with certain health conditions there may be a relevant impact. Thus, for a passenger who has recently suffered an orthopedic injury from a lower limb (e.g. fracture) requiring a plaster immobilization, a medical authorization for boarding must be requested prior to the airline, by presenting a MEDIF form filled by the attending physician. Otherwise, fractures are not considered medical cases.

To prevent circulatory problems and discomfort, the plaster should be opened if travel is within 48 hours of its placement; passengers may still need a wheelchair to travel to the airplane and more leg room during the flight, so it is advisable to book and pay for an extra seat - EXST - for comfort.

TAP does not provide leg rests – LEGR/LEGL/LEGB.

 

A319, A320 and A321 Aircrafts

  • Passengers with immobilized leg below the knee
     
  • Flights up to 3 hours long - Book one extra seat: the immobilized leg is placed under the extra seat beside the passenger.

     
  • Flights of over 3 hours long - Book two extra seats: the passenger takes the seat next to the window and places his/her leg over the other seats. If the left-hand limb is injured, the passenger is placed on the right-hand side of the aircraft. If the right-hand limb is injured, the passenger is placed on the left-hand side of the aircraft.

     
  • Passengers with leg fully immobilized, including knee
     
  • Flight of any duration - Book two extra seats: the passenger leans against the window and places the immobilized leg on the other two seats. If the right-hand limb is injured, the passenger is placed on the left-hand side of the aircraft, and vice-versa.

A330 and A340 Aircrafts

  • Passengers with immobilized leg below the knee
     
  • Flights up to 3 hours long - Book one extra seat in a side row of two seats: the immobilized leg is placed under the extra seat beside the passenger.

     
  • Flight over 3 hours long - Book a seat in business class, therefore an extra seat is not necessary.

  • Passengers with leg fully immobilized, including knee
     
  • Flights of any duration - Book a seat in business class, therefore an extra seat is not necessary.
     

 

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