Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Airport Health Clinics and Flight Refunds for Illness

The flu season must be running long this year, because I'm seeing lots of stories about flying while sick...or, how to get out of your flight because you are sick.

Not surprisingly, because airline tickets are so expensive - and airlines so inflexible - most people board the plane, even when they have contagious things like the flu, bronchitis or, as evidenced in 2003, SARS. Chris Elliot has a number of suggestions on how to take on the airlines, but there is definitely no magic bullet. Looking like you're on your death bed only works sometimes...ditto with asking nicely or escalating to a supervisor. Read the full article on traveling when ill at MSN.

Alternatively, if you can't get out of your flight and you must fly, more health care options might become available, such as a airport clinic. These businesses will diagnose anything from strep throat to providing flu shots - much like walk in services at your local pharmacy. You can spot them in Atlanta and Newark and they'll soon open up in Philly and JFK.

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At 7:25 AM, Blogger john said...

Travelers with idle time at Lambert-St. Louis International can now go for a walk without leaving the secured areas. Partnering with the American Heart Association, the airport has launched a campaign that encourages travelers to walk along marked paths in the corridors. We know passengers often arrive early and have extra time before they board, airport director Dick Hrabko says. "The walking paths give our passengers an incentive to squeeze in some healthy exercise during their busy travel schedules.


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