Air travel and rheumatoid arthritis: how to make it easier?
Air travel can be enjoyable or necessary, but either way, it can be daunting for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One might think that this as they have been to some extent, but more serious than ever before, now in the era of layoffs, high safety and airlines flight presents unique challenges with RA. Preparation is a happy, low-stress air travel experience absolutely critical.
Keep the latest safety rules.
Let’s start with what seems to be the most worrying thing to do: pass security checkpoints. Every traveler must pass through the airport security checkpoint. First, learn the rules set by the transportation security administration. Don’t be a man on the wing, pray, hope everything goes well, but don’t know the latest rules and regulations. Here is the list of preparations:
Know the rules of liquids and know that drugs are considered an exception rule. Pills or other solid forms of medicine must be screened safely, and all drugs must be clearly marked. They can perform visual or X-ray examinations and test for traces of explosives.
If you travel a lot by air, you might want to explore the benefits of a TSA preview. There is a cost and a registration process, but once you are approved, the checkpoint is faster.
Choose the one that best suits your needs.
Book flights as early as possible. While ticket prices are usually the primary consideration, RA people have other things to consider. Consider what you need and what is easiest for you. Do you like to keep flying? So you can avoid the potential complications of connecting flights? Can you manage a carry-on bag, or do you need to check your bag? Do you need to carry and use a walker on the plane? Would you prefer a window or an aisle seat? Do you need wheelchair access to the airport? Does the airport you use have a jet – or a jet, because they are also called – or do they use the stairs to board the plane? Does the airport provide roadside check-in?
Air travel tips from people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Carol Ruth, a frequent flyer, Silverstein, Karol Ruth Silverstein) is a writer and author of children’s books, headquarters is located in west Hollywood, California, 13 were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Here is her answer to some of the key questions about air travel in rheumatoid arthritis patients:
Q: what is the most difficult part of air travel for rheumatoid arthritis patients?
A: it is a test of the whole. I had some logistical anxiety when I was flying. Will my hitchhiker get me there in time? Will traffic make us late for the airport? Is there an available sky on the side of the road for my bag and wheelchair? Will wheelchair assistants get through security in time? Is there anyone at the door to help me get in? When I finally got on the plane, there was some comfort, but when I landed, the anxiety started again. A long day can be exhausting – and it can make me stiff and miserable, but anxiety is one of the most draining aspects.
Q: have you asked for assistance?
A: there were several times when an airline didn’t check in on the side of the road, which was very difficult for me to manage (I used crutches to keep my luggage in the airport). They said that when I was about five minutes away from the airport, someone would come out and see me. It never worked very well and added to my already great anxiety.
Q: what advice can you give to patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are traveling in the air?
A: don’t be a hero. Just because you can manage without extra help doesn’t mean you should. Travel is tiring. Help you as much as you can and save energy for the fun you plan for at your destination.
RA can make travel experience different from people without disease. Acknowledge that you have needs, identify these needs, and make rules to meet all your needs. We all want to put something in a suitcase, buy a ticket at a high price and go. But rheumatoid arthritis compels us to plan for accessibility and comfort. This is not a bad thing – it is necessary.