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Millions of people fly every year so you would think that people would be well informed about all things relative to flying. It is amazing that in the fray of getting tickets, and finalizing plans, before you know it you are browsing web on your tablet while waiting to board your flight. Outside of that, people don’t consider other possibly relevant queries.

Some questions aren’t asked until the situation arises that they need be asked. Get the answers to these questions and more. Then you can really consider yourself informed.

  1. What Citizenship is a child who is born in-flight?
  2. Is alcohol really stronger at high altitude?

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Baby On Board

Many airlines restrict the ability to board a flight in the last trimester, or last month, of a pregnancy; however, in-flight births do occur. There are varying answers on what the citizenship is of a child born on a plane. The United Nations is firm on their stance that the child’s nationality shall coincide with the country to which the plane is registered. Many countries do offer automatic citizenship to anyone born on a boat or plane that is registered to them.

In the U.S if both parents are American citizens or one is a citizen and one is a national, provided they have resided in the U.S prior to the birth of the child, the child will be granted American citizenship. In the case of U.S nationals, the period of residency must be a minimum of one year and must have been one year prior to the birth. Many, if not all, airlines require their crew to be trained for birthing if a passenger can not make it to the ground before delivery.

Wasted!

When on a plane, it is common for people to enjoy a drink or two…sometimes more than two. Here’s the truth about alcohol consumption in-flight. While in the air, the cabin pressure is lower and the air is dryer, this affects the processes that the body uses to process oxygen and can cause lower levels of fluid in the body. This is why some people experience light-headedness; it’s a very mild case of oxygen deprivation.

When alcohol is consumed this already slight oxygen intoxication, and the lower levels of fluids cause alcohol There are many opinions but a good way to look at it is that one drink on the ground is on par with two or three in the air. To avoid being a drunk on the plane, which could get you in trouble, follow these simple tips.

  • ŸAbstain from consuming alcohol in-flight or at the very least keep it to one, maybe two drinks.
  • Consume lots of water in between alcoholic beverages. Avoid coffee and tea, as they will contribute to dehydration.

Health Risks

If you fly often or are subject to a very long flight and are not normally physically active, you may be at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Essentially DVT is a blood clot that is located in a vein deep in your leg and is commonly seen in people who are required to be in the same position for long periods.

The chances of developing DVT are two to four times higher after being in-flight for any lengthy duration. For this reason, many airlines encourage their crewmembers to exercise regularly by furnishing them with company gym’s or memberships. To decrease the risk of DVT:

  • Ÿ  Drink lots of water to stay well hydrated and try to avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Ÿ  Wear loose fitting clothing to decrease restriction of the veins.
  • Ÿ  Walk around when you can or move your legs and ankles to keep the blood from pooling.

Those are not the only risks that you may not have known about. Some studies have identified within the crewmembers higher instance of:

  • Ÿ  Melanoma
  • Ÿ  Leukemia
  • Ÿ  Breast cancer
  • Ÿ  Pulmonary embolism

There is some finger pointing that these numbers could be linked to the higher levels of cosmic radiation that they are subject to regularly.

Death on Board

One airline estimated that there are 6-10 deaths on board their planes every year. So what do you do with a body while you are in the air? There are varying policies but overall they are mostly similar. In the event that someone expires on the plane the body is propped up when no other seats are available, moved to first class, or laid down. Then the body is covered with a blanket and the plane will make every effort to land as soon as possible. If there is really no option, an oxygen mask will be placed on his/her face and people who inquire will be told that the person feels ill. The airbus in Singapore reportedly has body bags on board and storage for corpses when there is no room to lay them down.

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