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Making decisions about air travel when traveling for medical help?

Posted by @colleenyoung, Fri, Mar 9 3:18pm

Traveling by air can sometimes be stressful and logistically challenging. It can be even harder when you’re also dealing with a health issue.

Mayo Clinic, Rochester International Airport, and Rochester’s Destination Medical Center are interested in hearing about the decisions you make when you travel by air. Your input will help us make informed decisions about how we serve our visitors and community members.

Thank you for sharing your preferences and insights by taking the survey. The survey is now closed, but the discussion can continue.

Let’s talk and share in an open discussion here about what’s important to you and your travel experiences. To start us off, I’d like you to think back to your most recent air travel experience, or one you’re currently planning.

  • What would you like to improve about that experience?
  • What types of resources, information or assistance could have made that experience better?

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Hi…GAP here…just made a res for a flight to Albany NY. I have a lung net, advanced, and my big fear is getting pneumonia. Crowded planes and airports are bad news for me but I have little choice in travel My first goal is to minimize exposure. First class, even though it is expensive may minimize who or what is close to me. Some perks are included in that like first boarding and access to overhead. I wish it was cheaper though. I will take a mask with me if my neighbor has any symptoms. Proximity to the rest room and availability is another hope in first class. As I think about it there may be other seats on the plane that may also be suitable,but the crowd….so maybe selective boarding is the answer without the designation of "handicapped". "Now boarding First Class and Select passengers would be the announcement"
Designated pickup areas for individuals who do not have obvious liabilities…perhaps an armband…to ease shuttle assistance etc. One of my Drs told me I pass the "V" visual test. I do not look sick. Lucky me!

Here are some pointers when traveling by air ,when you have medical issues. Coach or first class either section you could get sick. There was a case of a person with measles that exposed hundreds of air travelers at O'hare airport recently. So it isn't only the airplane where the exposure can occur. It can happen in the airport terminal as well.
Here are some tips from the CDC that if you have an underlining illness you need to be aware of when traveling by air.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/conveyance-transportation-issues/air-travel
TSA also has a section for travelers with disabilites and medical conditions
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures

@gapsc

Hi…GAP here…just made a res for a flight to Albany NY. I have a lung net, advanced, and my big fear is getting pneumonia. Crowded planes and airports are bad news for me but I have little choice in travel My first goal is to minimize exposure. First class, even though it is expensive may minimize who or what is close to me. Some perks are included in that like first boarding and access to overhead. I wish it was cheaper though. I will take a mask with me if my neighbor has any symptoms. Proximity to the rest room and availability is another hope in first class. As I think about it there may be other seats on the plane that may also be suitable,but the crowd….so maybe selective boarding is the answer without the designation of "handicapped". "Now boarding First Class and Select passengers would be the announcement"
Designated pickup areas for individuals who do not have obvious liabilities…perhaps an armband…to ease shuttle assistance etc. One of my Drs told me I pass the "V" visual test. I do not look sick. Lucky me!

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Hello @gapsc

It has been awhile since you have posted. How are you doing?

Yes, the one comment my doctors give me is that I look great! That is an advantage, no doubt. Looking sickly has never been a good look for me!

Teresa

When my mom doesn’t rent a car. We fly into the Rochester airport. They have a shuttle service that can take you from the airport to one of the hotels near Mayo. My mom, and I just called them to make a reservation for when we come to Rochester on the 28th. It’s not GoRochester Direct that serves the Minneapolis airport. It’s another one. It has a similar name.

I'd like to invite you to join us today, Thursday, December 6 at 11 a.m. CT for a video Q&A with Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Dr. Stephen Gleich, pediatric anesthesia and critical care, about medical transportation. You can participate in the Video Q&A on Connect on this page;
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/video-qa-about-pediatric-medical-transportation/

The video will be shown at the top of the page. Dr. Mattke and Dr. Gleich will answer questions live. Post your question before and during the broadcast.

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