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DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES
Although these have been stopped for UK travellers arriving from EEC
countries, the previous duty free allowances still apply to UK
travellers returning from USA.
Please check out the UK Customs website at: www.hmce.gov.uk/public/travel/index.htm
OR you can telephone them on 0207 202 4227
for the exact allowances so that you don't get caught out on your
There has been considerable media attention relating to the risk of
passengers developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) whilst on long
Our doctor tells us that these measures may provide some protection
on long flights but YOUR doctor may have different ideas. If you are in
any doubt or have any worries about this subject, please consult your
Make a nuisance of yourself if necessary but regularly try to take a
walk around the aircraft cabin. I know that this may be difficult to do
as the cabin staff have trolleys to move around the aircraft, but
exercise is important too.
When you are not moving around the aircraft, exercise your legs, feet
and ankles - try lifting your legs and feet up and down and rotating
your ankles. Do this regularly - at least every hour but more often if
Try and leave the duty free alcohol alone as well as tea and coffee
as the alcoholic and caffeine effect of these can be enhanced by cabin
pressure and cause dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids (preferably
water, not fizzy drinks) throughout the flight to ensure that you do not
If you don't want to bother the cabin staff with numerous requests
for water, take your own large bottle with you.
IMPORTANT This does not apply to children! Take ONE 75 mg
soluble aspirin (this is much less than the normal 'headache' dose) the
day before your flight and another one on the day of your flight -
remember to take them with you so that you can do this again for your
Aspirin affects the platelets - a component of your blood - and makes
them less likely to 'clump' together and cause a blood clot.
Do not take aspirin if you suffer from stomach ulcers or are taking
any medication which precludes this, ie 'blood thinning' medicine (Warfarin)
and some other medications. Make sure that you read the aspirin packet
instructions thoroughly first. Check if there are warning notes relating
to aspirin on the instructions of any other medication you are taking.
Asthmatics should never take aspirin unless it has been specifically
If you are in any doubt whether you or your family should take
aspirin, please check with your own doctor first.
All airlines (and some airports) are non-smoking.
If not having a cigarette/cigar/pipe for some hours is likely to be a
problem for you, you could try nicotine replacement patches or gum etc
for your flight but remember not to use these as well as smoking when
you've arrived or you could start your vacation being sick! Ask your
Pharmacist for advice...
If you are arriving at Orlando International Airport, you can smoke
outside the building only - there are doors to the outside near baggage
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