How to prepare when flying with broken ribs
Follow these simple guidelines to help you prepare for your flight and get you ready for a smooth and trouble-free journey.
Check with your Doctor
It is advised that you get checked and speak to your doctor in advance to your flight. Your doctor may test you to see if your current condition is fine for you to fly also known as the 'fit to fly' test. Once the Doctor has approved you can fly you can check with the airline.
Inform your airline
It is advised that you inform the airline you’re flying with in order to leave plenty of time before your travel. If you feel you may require wheelchair assistance, you can inform them that you will need “special assistance”. The airline will be able to organise this assistance, for instance, a wheelchair and a staff member to assist you. If you require wheelchair assistance, you can find out more about how to organise that here.
Check your insurance
It is recommended that you check your current level of medical insurance in regards to your health. If you are not fully covered, you should then think about upgrading in order to cover yourself in any event.
Select your seating
You might find that it will be more comfortable to sit at the front where there is extra room and access to flight attendants, should you need any assistance. You may think about buying extra seats, buying seats to the end of the aisles or upgrading your class for more comfort. Remember not to book your seats at the emergency seat row as of your condition you may not be able to offer your help in the case of an emergency. It's important to also sit upright in your seat and try not to lie recline. Book your seat by following our guide on 'how to book seats'.
Arrive at the airport in good time
On the day of your flight you’ll need to arrive at the airport in good time, depending on your flight you need to arrive around 3 hours before for the long-haul flights and 2 hours before for short-haul flights in order to ensure you reach the departure gate for boarding.
It's important that with this injury you travel light or only take with you holding luggage. If you do take carry-on luggage you may need assistance at times especially when lifting and placing it in the cabin overhead bins.
Remember to take with you plenty of medication as prescribed. Pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. However, avoid taking ibuprofen for 48 hours after your injury as it may slow down healing. Read more on our guide in flying with medication.