Airplane Passenger Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

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  1. uggboy
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    Airplane Passenger Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

     
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    I would think most people spend most of the time during a 10 hr flight in their seats, whether there is turbulence or not. I assume he didn't pee his pants, so he presumably had a chance to get up at least a couple times to go to the lav. That's pretty much all I do. Occasionally when there is an opportunity I walk to the aisle for a couple of minutes.

    That said, the cramped space in regular economy definitely is making 10 hr flights an unpleasant experience for me, too. So I try to not do it. By flying airlines that offer me economy plus style seating or buying Premium Economy.

    In a couple of weeks I'll get to enjoy 20 hrs (two segments) in BA economy. Can't say I am looking forward to it.
     
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    Upgrade to Premium so worth it.. I wonder where you are going . BA too sounds like its going to be rough, Sorry to hear that
     
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    The lack of space is a serious problem indeed especially on long hauls flights, not everyone can or would upgrade themselves to a "better class" like premium economy or business/first. BA is a good airline IMHO, but space will be limited in economy. As for myself, better to fly in economy as not to fly at all. Cheers & Safe Travels. :)
     
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    Of course it's worth to upgrade, but as mentioned above not everyone can afford to upgrade themselves and even when premium economy is provided it's not limitless. IMHO, economy should've enough space to fly in a civilized/comfortable way without having always to think about upgrades, in our experience Etihad or Emirates offer a good to very good economy experience incl. above average space and catering. BA is equally a good airline but they are driving revenue and economy might have to suffer in a disproportionate way, as sad as this is IMHO. But as nearly always, it's better to fly than not flying at all. :)
     
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    And as long as people come to that conclusion, there won't be a ton of incentive to provide the space you are desiring.
     
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    So why is this news? DVTs and drama queens, neither is new.
     
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    Because IF needs post volume :p
     
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    It should be news.
     
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    ...but they need people to fly...to stay in business. :)
     
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    Bingo. So if everyone was only going to fly airlines with E+ seating and pay/choose that, perhaps it would motivate airlines to offer more space.

    It comes at a cost to the passenger, though. And AA's MRTC didn't work.
     
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    I disagree. Anyone who flies runs the risk of DVTs, and the
    ailment has been widely publicized. The normal preventive
    measure has also been widely publicized; it doesn't appear
    in the article, I presume because it would lessen the impact
    of the story. Take a low dose of your anticoagulant of choice,
    whether it be alcohol, aspirin, mushrooms, or something else,
    and any additional risk of thrombosis is pretty much nullified.
    People have been doing that for decades.
     
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    Asprin before flight - reduces DVT risk.

    Been recommended by physicians, pharmacists and paramedics since...no clue.
     
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    Thins the blood...

    I like 2 or 3 Bloody Mary's, and 3A IND PEK AA
     
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    Interesting to think of intentionally thinning one's blood before settling in for a long-haul flight. I do wonder, though, that given thinner blood, slightly lower cabin pressure, and definitely-lower humidity, does one risk nosebleeds whilst enroute?

    (This, personally, is moot, since I dug my feet in some years ago and declared that I would travel in the lie-flat end of the aircraft or not at all. Unsurprisingly, some long-standing clients opted for the 'not at all' option.)

    Day's pleasance to all!
     
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    Not in my experience. I have been taking baby aspirins prior to long air travel for quite a while. Doctor's orders.
     
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    Thanks, Have, that's useful to know.

    I'm still convinced that the best air journey is the one which was not taken -- but then again, I'm trying to occupy my retirement with gardening instead of eleventy-zillion flights per year.

    All that said, I do still get on a fair number of aircraft, and pre-dosing with aspirin shall now be part of my personal flight plan.
     
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    I get nosebleeds like crazy anyhow - once on taxi IAD-CDG the
    FA asked if I wanted the plane to return to the gate, and I said,
    and have 300 enemies for life? Anyhow, IME the risk of bleeding
    does increase with the taking of the aspirin, but for most people
    other than myself the diminution of overall risk is probably worth
    it. This is not meant as medical advice ... okay, heck, it is, but it
    might not apply to you, and you use it at your own risk.
     
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    I take a low dose aspirin every day.

    'Doctors Orders, Board Certified,

    Now ever year I have a physical blood test, and the results are in a book about a quarter of an inch thick.

    They know my platelet count, so no chance of Thrombocytopenia (ITP)

    I see a Pathologist every day, and I am 75 years old,

    I have seen blood clots kill many people, your blood flows, and is reproduced at an unbelievable speed in your bone marrow as it moves through your body.

    I have never seen a person die for aspirin poisoning.
     
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    Well, Satman, I see a social worker every day (marrying one will do that), but I suspect that a pathologist is a rarer type of bird indeed.

    I don't actually know what the dose/risk relationship is for aspirin, but then again, I'm not a physician (I'm a Ph.D., not an M.D.), and my most common exposure to M.D.'s is the Rex Morgan comic-strip in our local newspaper.

    All levity aside, anything that can lawfully and conscionably make a dreadful journal less dreadful sounds like a good thing.

    Reaching for the aspirin bottle I am,

    /Elane
     

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