Are you expecting a baby and planning to fly South African Airways? Be sure to do your homework before travel to find out how far into pregnancy you can fly and if special measures are required. Here is some information to enlighten you, as well as tips for your trip.
Pregnant women can fly to a certain point in their pregnancy. As this information can vary from company to company, it is important to check with the airline you plan to travel with.
Travel deadline for a pregnant woman on South African Airways planes
Traveling without a medical certificate: Until the 28th week
Deadline: Up to 35th week on international flights, and 36th week on domestic flights (in South Africa)
If you are traveling with your baby, we recommend that you reserve an extra seat for the baby and have them sit next to each other. This will ensure that they can be brought together when needed. You should also make sure that there is enough space between you and the window so that if the child needs to change position, he does not hit you in the face.
Parents traveling with their babies or toddlers are advised to bring a suitable blanket, a toy, food and drink, and a lot of patience.
South African Airways has a very good record of providing safe transportation for children. She therefore recommends that you take advantage of this service. However, please note that their cabin crew cannot guarantee that your child will remain asleep during the trip. They may wake up and become restless or cry. It is important that you stay calm at all times and try to stay relaxed. If you are feeling stressed, try to distract yourself by looking out the window. Remember, it’s always better to arrive late than never to fly.
If your child becomes ill during the flight, please notify a member of their cabin crew immediately.
A pregnant woman can travel without a medical certificate as long as she is accompanied by her husband or partner and has a doctor’s letter confirming that the pregnancy is normal.
South African Airways flights are equipped with an oxygen mask for passengers who may be suffering from hypoxia due to altitude sickness.
For more information on traveling with children, click here. For more information on traveling with seniors, click here.
Passengers traveling with infants should be seated within 3 rows of the aircraft door. The infant should remain in their own seat until the flight attendant advises them otherwise. This is to ensure the safety of all passengers.
There is no restriction on the amount of hand baggage allowed on board. However, there is a limit of one bag per passenger. If you exceed this limit, you will be billed accordingly.