If any of the medical conditions listed below apply to you, you will require medical approval for travel. . . .Now, some of those things I can most certainly understand (such as requiring oxygen, as an obvious one), but some did cause me to raise my eyebrows just a little. Like having an intellectual disability or epilepsy.
- You have an unstable medical condition (physical or psychological).
- You have suffered from a recent major medical incident (e.g. heart attack, heart failure, stroke, respiratory failure)
- You have chronic obstructive lung disease and/or a chronic heart condition.
- You have undergone surgery in the last 2 weeks on your brain, eyes, ears, sinuses, chest or abdomen.
- You have anaemia or leukemia.
- You require oxygen or need to use your personal oxygen concentrator (POC
. . .
- You require the use of a battery operated medical device during the flight.
- You have an infectious or contagious disease such as the chicken pox, tuberculosis, etc.
- You require an attendant to assist you with your personal and physical needs during the flight. See the 'Travel with an attendant' section below.
- You have thrombophlebitis.
- You have had an incident on board a previous flight or at the airport and may require medical attention.
- You have caused a flight diversion on a previous flight you have taken.
- You are an Unaccompanied Minor and have a medical problem.
- You have an intellectual disability (e.g. Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease). Air Canada offers a Service for Unaccompanied Adult Requiring Assistance
- You suffer from epilepsy.
- You are travelling with an infant aged 7 days or less or a premature infant or an infant with a medical condition.
- You have a cast that was placed on a part of your body less than 72 hours ago.
- You require an extra seat for medical reasons (e.g. leg cannot bend or flex or must remain extended at all times, back problems, full-leg cast, etc)
Sure, depending on the severity of your condition, I can understand that there may be times when an airline would need to know. But if you have well-controlled epilepsy or are mildly mentally intellectually challenged ... not so much.
And since when did mentally or physically challenged individuals need a doctor's approval to travel? Say what?
I was reminded of this when reading today's Chronicle Herald (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page) and saw this short piece.