Dangers of nosebleeds when flying …..


An Air Transat flight from Toronto to the Dominican Republic faced a unique situation when the pilot experienced an “uncontrollable nosebleed” three hours into the flight.

An off-duty captain, who happened to be on board for vacation with his family, stepped in to take control of the Airbus A330. The airline assured that its pilots are well-trained to handle such situations independently.

The plane landed safely, and all 299 passengers were unharmed. The incident highlights the expertise of the airline’s pilots and the fortunate presence of a qualified backup on the flight.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported the incident, emphasizing the smooth continuation of the journey without further issues.

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What causes nosebleeds?

Nosebleeds, also known as epistaxis, can occur for various reasons. Some common causes include:

  1. Dry Air: Dry or low-humidity environments can dry out the nasal membranes, leading to irritation and potential bleeding.
  2. Nasal Trauma: Injury or trauma to the nose, such as a blow to the face, can cause blood vessels in the nose to rupture and result in a nosebleed.
  3. Nasal Irritation: Exposure to irritants like smoke, chemicals, or strong odors can irritate the nasal passages and trigger nosebleeds.
  4. Nasal Infections: Infections, particularly those affecting the nasal lining, can contribute to nosebleeds.
  5. Nasal Allergies: Allergic reactions, especially those causing persistent nasal congestion and itching, may lead to nosebleeds.
  6. Nasal Decongestant Spray Overuse: Frequent or prolonged use of nasal decongestant sprays can cause the nasal tissues to become dry and more prone to bleeding.
  7. Underlying Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders, liver disease, or conditions affecting blood vessels, can make individuals more susceptible to nosebleeds.
  8. Medications: Some medications, like blood thinners, may increase the risk of bleeding, including nosebleeds.
  9. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during pregnancy or menopause, can contribute to nasal dryness and increased susceptibility to nosebleeds.
  10. Foreign Bodies: Inserting objects into the nose can cause trauma and lead to nosebleeds.

In most cases, nosebleeds are not severe and can be managed at home by tilting the head forward, pinching the nostrils together, and applying cold compresses. However, persistent or recurrent nosebleeds may warrant medical attention, especially if they are associated with an underlying health condition.

What is Cancellation Travel Insurance? 

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Cancellation travel insurance is normally a part of most standard travel insurance policies  that provides cover when a trip needs to be cancelled or interrupted due to unforeseen circumstances.

This type of cover is designed to protect travellers from losing money on non-refundable expenses such as flights, accommodations, and other prepaid travel arrangements.

The policy will specify when cancellation can occur, for what reasons and what items are refundable. Special conditions will apply to cruise travel insurance.

Coverage typically includes reimbursement for cancellation or interruption due to various reasons, such as:

  1. Medical Emergencies: If you or a family member becomes ill or injured and cannot travel.
  2. Death or Serious Illness of a Family Member: If a close family member passes away or becomes seriously ill, forcing you to cancel or cut short your trip.
  3. Natural Disasters: Coverage may be provided if your travel plans are disrupted due to natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods.
  4. Job Loss: Some policies may cover trip cancellations resulting from unexpected job loss or job-related issues.
  5. Terrorist Incidents or Political Unrest: Coverage for trip cancellations or interruptions due to unforeseen political events or acts of terrorism.
  6. Jury Duty: If you are required to serve on a jury and it conflicts with your travel plans.
  7. Travel Supplier Bankruptcy: If a travel supplier, such as an airline or cruise line, goes bankrupt, leading to the cancellation of your trip.

It’s important to carefully review the terms and conditions of any cancellation travel insurance policy, as coverage can vary among providers.

Additionally, there are often specific conditions that must be met for a claim to be valid, so travellers should be aware of these and understand the limitations of their coverage. It’s advisable to purchase travel insurance as soon as you book your trip to ensure maximum coverage.

Trip Disruption

Travel insurance policies will normally provide some benefits relating to a trip disruption occurring as a result of events outside your control as well. The level of benefits and their inclusion does normally depend on the type of insurance policy taken out.

Cover and Benefits can Include

  • Cancelling your trip
  • Missed departure from country of originating flight
  • Delay of Flight
  • Having to abandon your flight
  • Additional Transport Costs as a result of abandonment
  • Cutting short a Trip
  • Substitute Accommodation
  • Missed Departure of Flights other than Originating Flight

Too Fat to Fly ………..

According to reports in Thailand, Thai Airways Is considering banning people who they considered too large to fit into their new seats in their business class cabins.

Far from being seen as any type of safety or moral hazard, the decision apparently applies to people who have a waistline that is larger than 56 inches, and is needed to cause the seatbelts in the business class cabins have a new feature which is a  seat belt airbag.

Apparently this seat belt airbag will not work with people who have a waste of this circumference, and as such they will be banned from flying with them.

Full report here