Can I fly with a broken limb or plaster cast?

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Having a new cast can affect your circulation, so many airlines restrict flying during the first 24 or 48 hours after a cast has been fitted. 

If you need to fly before then, the airline will usually ask for the cast to be split to avoid swelling during the flight. You can ask the fracture clinic team at the hospital to do this for you.

If you have your cast split before travelling, you may have to have the cast replaced once you reach your destination so it’s helpful to carry a letter confirming your medical details.

Always check with your airline to check their requirements!

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