Flying with a plaster cast

Do you have a plaster cast? That is particularly inconvenient when going on holiday, especially since there are a number of risks involved in flying with a cast.

Risks and our recommendations

Due to pressure differences in the cabin, your hands and feet can swell, which can cause a closed cast to become too constrictive. You can contact your plaster cast technician to put a splint, brace or removable cast on instead. This will reduce any discomfort due to pressure differences. It also sometimes helps if the cast is split lengthwise or sawed open.

Still plan to fly with a closed cast? For your own safety, we recommend bringing along a statement from a doctor stating that you can travel in a pressurised cabin with a closed plaster cast. Do you not have a physician’s statement with you? Then you will have to declare that you are aware of the risks involved in flying with a closed cast.