We want to ensure you are safe and comfortable during all of your PNG Air flights.
During your flight please ensure your seat belt is fastened any time that the seatbelt sign is illuminated and whenever you are in your seat, just in case we do come across any unexpected turbulence. If you do wish to have a stretch or go for a walk around the cabin, please ensure the seatbelt sign is off, and check with cabin crew it is safe to do so.
Always drink plenty of water, juice or soft drinks on your flights as it can be easy to become dehydrated when flying. Try to avoid too much coffee, tea or alcohol, as these are diuretics and will only dehydrate you further.
Blocked ears and popping
During your flight you may feel some small discomfort with your ears ‘popping’ as the cabin pressure adjusts to correct altitude during ascent (take-off) and descent (landing). To help alleviate this, yawning or swallowing will usually clear it. For an easy counter-measure, simply chew some gum or eat a lolly.
Simple Steps in Healthy Flying
DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
DVT is blood clotting in a major vein, most commonly in the legs or lower body, where blood flow has been slowed due to a period of prolonged inactivity. Medical practitioners advise that certain people may be more susceptible to developing DVT. These include people who are immobile for periods of time, those with a personal or family history of DVT, people with certain blood disorders or who have recently undergone major surgery, smokers and people with heart disease, pregnant women and the elderly.
We suggest you:
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids during and after the flight, limiting alcohol, tea and coffee;
- Take regular walks around the aircraft when the seatbelt sign is off, stretch, move your arms and legs at regular intervals;
- Avoid crossing your legs when seated;
- Massage your calves and thighs and regularly move your ankles by circling and gently shaking your feet;
- If you experience abnormal swelling, tenderness or pain after your flight, we strongly recommend you see your doctor.
This is not a comprehensive list. If you have any doubts about your particular health risks, you should talk to your medical practitioner before flying.