ACA calls for more leg room on planes

Concern is continuing to grow over the risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis – DVT) and air travel with the Australian Consumer Association (ACA) calling for increased leg room on planes. The ACA is pushing the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to implement minimum leg room standards on Qantas and Ansett aircraft. However, CASA believes that setting such standards would increase the cost of international ticket prices. Meanwhile, pharmacists at Sydney Airport report a jump in the number of travellers purchasing aspirin and compression stockings – believed to reduce the risk of DVT – and requesting information about blood clots. Travel agents claim that more customers are requesting upgrades to business class or asking about stop overs to break up long flights.

To find out more about DVT, read our article Avoid clots on long haul flights.