[Medical problems among airline passengers]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1998 Sep 30;118(23):3623-7.
[Article in Norwegian]


Worldwide, there are more than one billion air travelers each year. Flying in a modern jet airliner is a safe, efficient and relatively comfortable mode of transport, although a few susceptible passengers may be adversely affected by environmental and physiological stresses like pressure change, reduced level of oxygen, dry air, immobility due to cramped seating, noise, vibration and turbulence, in addition to stressful airports. This article describes these factors and their medical implications and includes some practical medical advice to travellers. Reported inflight illness and injuries in two major Scandinavian airlines 1993-97 are presented.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine*
  • Aircraft*
  • Atmospheric Pressure
  • Barotrauma / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Dehydration / etiology
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Humidity
  • Lung Diseases / physiopathology
  • Noise, Transportation
  • Pressure
  • Risk Factors
  • Temperature
  • Ventilation
  • Vibration / adverse effects