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86 year old on long international flights??

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I'm concerned about a family member. Is it a good idea to let a 86yo with average health on a JHB - New Zeeland flight with a long(5-hour) stopover in Dubai? Economic class. And back 2months later...

What's your opinion, please?

(I'm not happy with it.)
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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Fransw wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 11:35 am I'm concerned about a family member. Is it a good idea to let a 86yo with average health on a JHB - New Zeeland flight with a long(5-hour) stopover in Dubai? Economic class. And back 2months later...

What's your opinion, please?

(I'm not happy with it.)
Are they travelling alone?
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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Burner wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 12:43 pm
Fransw wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 11:35 am I'm concerned about a family member. Is it a good idea to let a 86yo with average health on a JHB - New Zeeland flight with a long(5-hour) stopover in Dubai? Economic class. And back 2months later...

What's your opinion, please?

(I'm not happy with it.)
Are they travelling alone?
only on the return flight (NZ-Jhb)

edit: I'm not sure if i must try to stop it?
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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Fransw wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 2:08 pm
Burner wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 12:43 pm
Fransw wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 11:35 am I'm concerned about a family member. Is it a good idea to let a 86yo with average health on a JHB - New Zeeland flight with a long(5-hour) stopover in Dubai? Economic class. And back 2months later...

What's your opinion, please?

(I'm not happy with it.)
Are they travelling alone?
only on the return flight (NZ-Jhb)

edit: I'm not sure if i must try to stop it?
Were/are they a frequent traveler? Perhaps suggest they get checked by their GP and see what GP says. Obviously things like DVT and the higher altitude of the cabin will all put strain on their body. The doctor could perhaps also issue a fit to fly letter in case the airline also has concerns.
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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Hi

If possible book the Marhaba service in dubai, they will shuttle them in the airport as it can be a far walk in DXB, also gives them lounge access for the break in the airport instead of sitting at the gate.
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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My mother is 85. She travels yearly from CT to vist my brother in NY. On her own. She is relatively healthy but walks with a cane (hip replacement). We book wheelchair assistance. She likes to go via Amsterdam to break the journey - and to pester the wheelchair assistant to take her to all the Schipol shops! :roll:
She has the doc's ok and I would agree with the other posters and get a medic's advice. I know some 70 year olds who should not fly long haul and some 90 year olds who can handle it fine.
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My 86and a half year old brother has just done a return trip to Aus with no problems but then he took the Dreamliner jhb - Sydney which is only about 11 hours.
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Thanks all! A good ''medical'' sounds like the best start! :D
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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I am 85, my wife 80 and planning a trip to Sydney March next year for our grand daughters wedding.
Because I have a south African passport I have been doing the visa medical since 75. My wife is dutch and does not require a medical, got her visa same day she applied.
Now I am faced with a 4 months waiting list for tourist visa approval.

I find the economy seating your biggest hurdle on long flights, get up often and stretch your legs. Bear in mind the cabin altitude can go fairly high possible up to 8000ft.

Good luck and enjoy it. and take wheelchair assistance, the airports are just too big for us.
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Re: 86 year old on long international flights??

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Got an acquaintance in her 90s who flies to Switzerland twice a year.

Even if your relative doesn’t need it, order a wheelchair. Will make things a lot smoother.
As to medical issues, some travel insurances require a Drs letter for coverage - you might also want to investigate prophylactic treatment to prevent Thrombosis
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Thank you for all the replies! Especially the replies from our more senior members.

Thanks for paving the way for us younger ballies! :D
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So this is what happened:

The Dr. cleared him with medication, socks, etc and we upgraded him to business. But it was tough for him. They had to stay over the night in Auckland 2 hours drive from the destination. He's a fit 86yo but we will think twice before doing it again... We are glad he's in good spirit though! :D
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On our December trip to Calgary from Frankfurt we sat next to a German gentleman in his eighties.
He said he is flying a next leg to White Horse in Yukon where his kids are. Does it regularly.

It was -30°C in Calgary and close to -50°C in White Horse (mid-winter). No problem for him :D

So if the health is still OK and the mind is strong, anything is possible.
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