Pregnant Women & New Born
No women in more than 35 weeks of pregnancy will be allowed to travel on AI flights under normal circumstances. From 32 to 35 weeks of pregnancy, a medical Fit-To-Fly certificate is to be produced from treating Obstetrician. Certificate shall not be obtained more than 3 days prior to departure.
Cases of multiple pregnancy or complicated pregnancy are not accepted beyond 32nd weeks.
In cases of new-born babies, air travel is not permitted for an infant who is less than 14 days old. If there is a need for travel for saving the life, medical certificate from Obstetrician and Pediatrician shall be obtained and must be accompanied by a doctor.
Air India provides committed services for unaccompanied minors. All required documents shall be filled and submitted to Air India office 3 days prior to date of travel.
A child is considered minor when he or she is above 5 years of age but less than 16 years. For other routes, the child is a minor if he or she is above 5 years but less than 12 years of age.
Air India also provides assistance of Airhostess to accompany a child who is less than 5 years of age. This facility is available for Air India operated flights only. Also, this facility is available only when a request for the same is made at least 3 days in advance of travel date.
For the Disabled
Air India reserves the right to refuse carriage of a person on its flights if these conditions exist:
a) Persons refusing to submit to requirements of carriage.
b) Persons with infections who can cause the same to other passengers or make the others on flights discomfort.
c) Persons on stretcher, incubator or with severe immobility, severe hearing or vision impairment, unless they are accompanied by an escort.
There are no charges for wheelchair usage at all airports for any class of travelers.
For incapacitated passengers, medical clearance is not required if the assistance is required only at airport and at time of embarkation and disembarkation. For the passengers who do not need medical clearance but need only assistance, FREMEC certificate from any carrier can serve as a valid medical document provided it is still valid.
Passengers are allowed to carry their own wheelchairs or assistive devices in cabin, provided there is space for the same. Else, it can be put in the baggage hold from where it can be retrieved for use by passenger. If the passenger wants to put his wheelchair in checked in baggage, they have the option of using airport wheelchair till the plane door.
Only 1 stretcher is allowed per flight and that too only in Economy class. It is the Medical Services Deptt from which clearance for stretcher cases is required. MEDIF forms are required to be filled and these shall also include the treating physician’s certificate and the passenger declaration.
In cases where permanent disability of passenger is established, there is no need for furnishing a MEDIF form every time a flight is to be taken. Rather, FREMEC form can do the needful.
Mentally retarded cases
They are not allowed if they are not accompanied by suitable attendant. Treating doctors certificate is required. There is also a requirement to have the injectable sedative medicine prescribed by the doctor.
Visually Impaired Cases
Visually impaired passengers are allowed to travel with their trained dogs provided these are properly restrained, muzzled and seated on a moisture absorbent mat. Dogs are not allowed on seat. Also, if traveling to a foreign land, the laws and rules of destination countries must be observed and all formalities related to it shall be completed before embarking on journey.