Wellness in the air

Wellness tips

At JetBlue, we do everything we can to make our customers feel their best. The following are a few tips on dealing with the most commonly reported inflight ailments and physical discomforts.

Pain in the ear...

Blocked, sore ears while flying happen because your eardrums can't keep up with the aircraft's changing air pressure, especially during take-off or landing. Colds and allergies can make it worse. Try these few easy ways to alleviate that pain in the ear:

  • Suck candy while flying;
  • If your ears block, pinch your nose and blow air gently into your nose (not mouth);
  • Take an antihistamine before you jet to reduce congestion;
  • Use a decongestant nasal spray before take-off and landing;
  • Try "Ear Planes" or a similar product to help regulate air pressure naturally.

Unwell in the air...

All JetBlue inflight crewmembers are trained in CPR, first aid and the use of defibrillators (available on all our aircraft). They also have access to MedAire Inc., a service that gives them a direct voice link to a doctor on the ground. So if you feel unwell on your flight, let the crew know immediately.


Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a rare condition where blood clots form in the leg and pelvic veins. Studies show that it can be due to being seated or immobile for long periods. Some conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, blood-clotting disorders, pregnancy and recent surgery, can also increase the risk of blood clots. Follow these common sense steps to help avoid DVT:

  • Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic) before and during your flight;
  • Wear loose clothes;
  • Get up to walk and stretch;
  • Keep your feet on the floor and avoid crossing your legs or feet.

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