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    Default Flying pregnant with Jetstar

    I'm flying with Jetstar to Japan in 3 weeks. I'll be 26wks for the flight.

    The policy states that women above 28wks need to carry a letter from their doctor that says they are fit to fly.

    So I shouldn't have to bring a letter.

    But how on earth do the staff know whether you are more or less than 28wks?!

    ETA I will get a letter. I'm just very curious as to how they can enforce their policy.
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    Im assuming that if anything medical happens to you, they/you wont be covered by their insurance if you have no certificate after that time.

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    I'd get a letter stating your dates from your ob regardless, you don't want to be denied access and start arranging emails to Jetstar from Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooketobub View Post
    Im assuming that if anything medical happens to you, they/you wont be covered by their insurance if you have no certificate after that time.
    I will be under 28 weeks, so not required to have a certificate to fly with Jetstar.

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    I flew with Jetstar domestically when I was 33 weeks pregnant, it was quite obvious that I was heavily pregnant but no one ever asked me. They may be stricter with their questioning for international flights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    I would still bring one - just in case it is suspected that you look further along than 28 weeks and are denied boarding.

    I would also be checking that my travel insurance covered any hospital presentations etc whilst in Japan.
    I've edited my OP, I will bring a certificate.

    The post is really just about Jetstar policy. I have proper insurance, I know the drill.

    How they can properly enforce their policy is beyond me.
    If they refuse boarding to a 26wks pregnant lady because she doesn't have a certificate but "looks" further along (?!!) they are in the wrong and would need to refund all fares.

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    Thats what i was saying in my post. If anything medical was to happen, and it came out you were past 28w you would not be covered. You couldnt sue them etc..so its not like they could prove it and turn you away but you would be screwed if anything happened.

    (By 'you' i meant pregnant women over 28w in general...not you, you )

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    I flew Jetstar overseas at around 33-34 weeks. Had a letter and I was as big as a house. No one asked me for my dr's letter. Would love to know how they enforce it too

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    @meredithgrey I don't understand your point?

    Anyway it's interesting to see that they let obviously pregnant ladies get on board without checking dates and/or doctors certificates.
    Goes to show that they don't enforce their policy!

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    I think what @meredithgrey is saying is that they don't have to prove it. The onus is on you to prove that you're medically fit to fly if they have reason to believe you aren't. I know some ladies who have looked ridiculously large at that gestation. If they thought you looked like you were over 28 weeks (like with buying alcohol when they will ask you to prove your age if they think you look under the age of 25) then they would be within their rights to ground you unless you could prove you're not.

    I flew home from Kuala Lumpur after having my appendix out and they needed to see my medical certificate before allowing me on the flight. I was fit to fly but I needed a wheelchair to get around and without that note, I couldn't prove I was okay to fly. Being pregnant is a medical condition even if you're fit to fly and I think you're incredibly wise to choose to carry a doctor's note. Even if they never ask for it, you don't want to be without it if they do! ☺️

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