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Fit to fly note

(20 Posts)
ThePartyArtist Wed 23-Nov-16 13:35:53

Flying with 2 airlines I'm 28-29 was pregnant. Both say they require a dr note from 28 weeks. I'm not sure how they would actually know but I don't dare risk it. My gp will do the note for £15. Airline says they need to see original, will they keep it - I.e. Do I need to get two copies at £15 each to get there and back? Flying with monarch and vueling.

Endlesslllove Wed 23-Nov-16 13:51:03

My midwife wrote a fit to fly note for me for free (three years ago). I was about 19 weeks pg, so earlier than you. Kept the letter with my travel docs but no one asked to see it. I appreciate you're further along so a bit different. Hope all goes well.

PippaRose Wed 23-Nov-16 13:56:33

I flew this week at 31 weeks and just got one note - didn't think about needing 2 to be honest.

As above no one asked for it despite my huge bump but I expect they would have if something had happened so best to get it.

Could you ask them for 2 copies for £15 if you are worried? It's just a case of them pressing 2 not 1 on printer and signing twice so not exactly much work.

MumofChuckie Wed 23-Nov-16 13:58:55

i had to fly once a week between the start of pregnancy and the limit of 36 weeks (now 38). I got a letter from the GP - mine did it for free - and kept the original with my passport in case anyone asked to see it. Not once did anyone ask. Once one of the security guys did, I said I was 34 weeks and had a fit to fly letter, and he looked at me like TMI.

Even with a massive bump, no one ever bothered me.

ScottyAl Wed 23-Nov-16 13:59:17

I'm flying on Friday at 30 weeks. My midwife did my fit to fly as she said it's free from her but doctors charge. She just said not to hand it over to anyone on the outbound journey, it should be enough for them to see it. I hope you're off somewhere lovely smile

stealthbanana Wed 23-Nov-16 15:27:05

I fly a lot and you do need it - you will get asked from time to time mostly by patronising overbearing men. Wearing baggy clothes to the airport will minimise the amount of times you get asked.

Top tip: take a picture of the note on your phone and scan a colour copy to your email so if you do get it taken off you by an airline at some point you have another that you can print out that will look like the original. Saves a lot of hassle.

PeachBellini123 Wed 23-Nov-16 17:22:27

Definitley ask your midwife. I flew at 27 weeks without one (I'm a risk-taker!) and no one even looked at my bump so I'm personally glad I didn't pay for one.

lunchboxtroubles Wed 23-Nov-16 20:49:32

Just make a copy. By the way, unless your GP is very naive it won't say that you are fit to fly it will just confirm your dates and any complications. If we say someone is fit to fly and something happens/plane has to be diverted the airline could come after us for the costs!

My standard letters say something like. "To whom it may concern, Mrs smith is pregnant with a due date of xx and she is currently xx weeks pregnant with a singleton/twin pregnancy which has been uncomplicated so far /has had the following complications. I have told her that it is the airline who decides on fitness to fly and I hope this information helps you to make that decision"

AbbeyRoadCrossing Wed 23-Nov-16 20:56:41

One will be enough. They just sometimes ask to see it rather than take it off you.
And don't forget travel insurance - check it covers you if anything should happen abroad such as premature birth. Unlikely but depending on where you're going, very worth having cover.

sksk Wed 23-Nov-16 21:17:35

At what stage do you need a note? I'm travelling within the uk at 23 weeks. I had assumed I'd need a note if it was later on?

Sassypants82 Wed 23-Nov-16 22:09:25

I had one at 26 weeks flying within Europe. Asked to show on return journey & they gave it back. Scandalous that you're being charged!

lunchboxtroubles Wed 23-Nov-16 23:04:24

sassypants who should pay then? It isn't an NHS service and the money for letters like this hires the Drs and nurses to keep the GP practice going. It's like vaccines and travel insurance - part of the cost of he holiday.

PippaRose Thu 24-Nov-16 07:19:20

sksk would check with airline, I googled to get my info on BA and it's 28 weeks but they do vary

sksk Thu 24-Nov-16 08:47:00

Thanks- checked the BA website and it says 28 weeks. Having said that, I'm debilitated with back pain and am using crutches so I might not be able to fly anyway 😡

PippaRose Thu 24-Nov-16 09:02:46

sks that sounds awful, hope things improve for you in the coming weeks

canihaveacoffeeplease Thu 24-Nov-16 09:14:18

I'm flying with Ryanair on Wednesday at 32 weeks pg, flying back at 33 weeks. They have an online form you can print off which my midwife happily filled in and stamped at my appointment yesterday for free. Maybe check if there is a preprinted one you can do, and def ask your midwife

sksk Fri 25-Nov-16 09:12:57

Thank you. Not getting much better, will see what the GP says though I'm not hopeful.

Sassypants82 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:23:59

Lunchboxtroubles, do you really think it costs £15 to type & sign a letter?

lunchboxtroubles Sat 26-Nov-16 10:19:32

sassypants they take time to write. The money is a contribution towards the GP's time and all the other costs like running the surgery. The charge is also a deterrent so people only ask for letters if they are needed. When we didn't charge, we had so many requests that it had a serious impact on the time available to see patients.

A full time GP pays over £10,000 a year in indemnity and these letters carry a medico-legal risk so that needs to be factored in.

Have you ever tried to ask a solicitor to write you a letter for £15? I doubt you'd get anywhere.

lunchboxtroubles Sat 26-Nov-16 10:20:06

But if you asked me I'd gladly print and sign two copies for no extra fee!

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