International airlines to warn of clot risks

Major airlines have bowed to mounting pressure and are now taking steps to warn passengers of the risks of developing blood clots (deep vein thrombosis – DVT) after the collapse of a Qantas flight attendant and the launch of a government inquiry into the health risks of DVT. Qantas, British Airways and Singapore Airlines have announced plans to include verbal and written warnings about DVT on tickets, brochures and inflight videos for passengers. This comes after rising public concern about long distance air travel and DVT which prompted Acting Prime Minister John Anderson to call for an inquiry into the health risks. Meanwhile, medical staff at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport have received special training to identify and treat passengers suffering from DVT.

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