Health and well-being

Follow our tips to increase your comfort on board !

What to do during your flight

To avoid ear discomfort when flying

During takeoff and landing, the change in altitude can lead to discomfort when the pressure inside the inner ear and the air pressure in the aircraft cabin do not have time to equalize.

Please note: If you have gone scuba diving less than 24 hours before your flight, we recommend that you do not travel by air to avoid any decompression problems.

Our tips

  • Chewing helps equalize air pressure, so make sure you have candy or chewing gum handy!
  • Do your ears get blocked? Pinch your nose and gently force air out until your ears pop.


Humidity levels in cabin air can cause a slight drying of the skin, eyes, nose and mouth.

Our tips

  • Apply moisturizing cream regularly.
  • Wear glasses rather than contact lenses.
  • Drink water regularly.
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

How to avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots

Sitting still in a confined space for long periods of time, wherever you are, restricts blood flow to the heart: this can lead to a blood clot forming in the veins of your legs.

Blood clots usually cause pain or discomfort in the calf. The clot may break off, travel towards the lungs and cause a blockage (pulmonary embolism). This is considered a medical emergency.

Our tips

  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes or belts.
  • Wear compression stockings or socks.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time, and do not cross your legs.
  • Get up every 2 hours and walk around the cabin.
  • Move your feet and legs regularly to keep stimulating your blood circulation.
  • Do not take sleeping pills during the flight.
Certain factors are liable to increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis and should encourage you to consult your doctor before traveling:

  • a history of thrombosis,
  • a blood disorder that makes blood more likely to clot than normal
  • recent surgery,
  • pregnancy,
  • cancer,
  • obesity,
  • varicose veins,
  • hormone therapy.

Assistance and prevention

Medical assistance on board

Although rare, medical emergencies may occur on board. In most cases, the Air France cabin crew is able to provide first aid to passengers who encounter a health problem. Our cabin crew has specific first aid training and all Air France aircraft are equipped with a first aid kit and automatic defibrillators.

For more complex issues, no matter where the aircraft is located, the captain can contact emergency doctors from the SAMU de Paris. This direct link enables the passenger to receive a quick diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and if necessary, swift medical care once landed.

The use of insecticides on board

In certain countries, airlines must use insecticide in the cabin before the flight departs, for public health reasons.

These insecticides will not affect your health nor that of any animals traveling with you. However, some passengers may experience temporary discomfort.

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