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Old May 26, 03, 1:17 pm   #1
 
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Remedies for in-flight gas?

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Going to be flying PDX-DFW-MSY with my dad, who's relatively young, but has a serious problem with in-flight bloating/gas.

I assume it's due to pressure... and traditional remedies such as Maalox don't offer much aid.

I've heard tell that this is actually a relatively common affliction for nonfrequent flyers... so I figured if anyone would have any remedies, it would be you guys.

Does Delta/TSA allow self-administration of nonprescription medication on their flights? Should inflight food/drinks be avoided (as if there'll be any)? etc

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Old May 26, 03, 1:38 pm   #2
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Old May 26, 03, 1:49 pm   #3
 
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As I said, I'm quite serious... this has been a major impediment as far as my family's travel enjoyment goes; and sadly, the kiddies of Airliners.net were far too immature fo be of any assistance.

So again, any advice would be appreciated.

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Old May 26, 03, 2:49 pm   #4
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777-232LR....I had nothing pressing to do today so I ran a Google search on your subject. I found that I had to refine my search terms because when I entered airline and bloated, all I got was a reference to Uncle Leo and his staff's recent pay raises, bonus program and retirement plan.
I did find out some helpful information, however, and it's in a document form so I'm e-mailing it to the address in your profile. The article addresses a variety of inflight ailments including the condition that your Dad suffers from.
Hope you folks enjoy your flight!
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Old May 26, 03, 3:01 pm   #5
 
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I hear that you might want to avoid milk and strong fruit juices... in particular, apple juice (for whatever reason).

You might find this Airliners.net thread to be rather relevant... but caution: it's pretty hardcore! :P

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Old May 26, 03, 5:23 pm   #6
 
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My advice: turn the air vents up high and let 'er rip! No one will ever know!
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Old May 26, 03, 7:20 pm   #7
 
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I usually just let it rip. I get a fair amount sometimes while flying. If I can make it to the bathroom.....great....if not....oh well. If I don't let it out, it builds up then starts to bother my stomach which for some strange reason gets me anxious in flight. When I say anxious, I mean serious anxiety/panic attack.
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Flatulence is aggravated in flight because gas inside you expands more in the depressured plane cabin.

Eat before flying, that will reduce the chances of gas discomfort.

Sometimes you have to get up several times to go to the rest room. The person on the aisle is going to have to make the choice of letting you out or letting you let it out in your seat.

If you do get to the bathrrom but have to wait there, I will have to leave it up to you whether to let it out little by little while waiting.

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Came across this interesting product while browsing the okflavor website. It appears to be a Real product as bizarre as it may seem.

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We cannot accept returns of opened flat-d products as it is a personal hygiene product and we must be able to guarantee its cleanliness.

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Old May 27, 03, 2:23 am   #12
 
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Seriously avoid carbonated beverages before and during flight. The carbonation is part of the problem.

Athletes are often restricted from carbonated beverages for this reason that it causes gas and cramping.

Have a good trip.
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Would you please post what flights and dates he's going to be traveling. Each time he travels please.
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Now that I think about it... I remember watching "Boeing 777, Airliner of the 21st Century".

In it, they had a stewardess talking about how common a problem that massive flatulent buildups are for people on longhauls, and how the aircraft is somehow/way designed to be "nicer" to the crew for it.

Just fyi

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Excessive gas while flying is a common problem. In fact at many airlines FA's refer to people who pass gas while walking down the aisle as cropdusters!
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