I flew jetstar to hamilton island at 32 weeks pregnant. I was HUGE. Measuring 7 weeks ahead. I took a letter. Nobody asked to see it. A cabin staff member asked me how far along i was when i was taking my seat on the plane but that may have just been idle chit chat.
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29-01-2015 05:38 #11
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29-01-2015 07:12 #12
When I pregnant with dd1, i was flying home from visiting my mum (domestic flight). I was around 20 weeks, maybe a aa couple of weeks more). Got to the airport and guy behind the counter refused to let me get on the plane. It was only because my mum kicked up a stink that I had to get home for appointments etc and asked to speak to his superior he eventually agreed to let me on. At that stage though, they only requires a dr certificate if you were 32+ weeks.
29-01-2015 07:26 #13
I flew Jetstar to Hawaii at 30 weeks, returning at 32 weeks. No one questioned me at all on the way over but when we were getting toward the end of the flight home I was standing up when one of the flight attendants asked how far along I was. When I told him, he was quite concerned that I hadn't been checked for a medical clearance prior to boarding. Obviously far too late for questioning at that stage!
I also flew Virgin to Fiji at 25 weeks with my second pregnancy and was ever asked to provide my clearance letter.
To answer your question OP, I have no idea how they attempt to enforce this policy.
29-01-2015 08:34 #14
At the end of the day it's at the pilot's discretion, he or she can refuse to board anyone.
I'm planning to travel to Fiji at 32 weeks, I'll have my certificate and fingers crossed there won't be any issues.
29-01-2015 09:48 #15
My in laws have been on a flight (not sure if it was Jetstar or Tiger) where a heavily pregnant woman was asked to provide a certificate, and didn't have one and ended up getting escorted off the flight - delayed the plane by over an hour.
So I guess if someone bothers to check, yes they can enforce it. But I guess it seems that they aren't particularly strict on checking.
29-01-2015 10:09 #16
I recall an an article (I may not be 100% correct in recollection) where I believe it was jetstar who had refused a woman to hop on board because she looked more than 28 weeks and didn't have a certificate. The lady wasn't even pregnant! And wasn't even big. She must have been wearing some seriously unflattering clothes.
I flew when I was pregnant with DD2 at 6 weeks. I was holding DD1 who was 18 months. I became ill and blacked out. I managed to alert the guy next to me that I was flaking it. I woke up lying across 3 seats with an oxygen mask on and a dr who was on board attending me. No sign of DD1 and when I asked they said "did you have a daughter with you?". Thankfully after a loooong 30 seconds one told me she was with the ladies behind me who got to mind her for the rest of the flight. Lovely ladies, should they ever see this thank you
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29-01-2015 10:58 #18
I went to Japan at 22-23 weeks with Scoot and AirAsia. AirAsia were very strict - I had to sign a waiver even though I was well under the cutoff and it was all very formal. Scoot just sighted my certificate and that was it. I daresay with AirAsia, they could have denied me boarding if I couldn't prove how far along I was. Better to be safe than sorry.
PS Enjoy Japan, I loved it!!!
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