Pregnant women who are banned from flying are being discriminated against by airlines as the reasons for the ban are not supported by medical evidence, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald quoting a gender expert.
Many airlines ban pregnant women from flying after 28 to 37 weeks of pregnancy. The ban may be intended to “limit the potential inconvenience” of a woman going into labor on a flight, according to University of Canterbury gender expert Associate Professor Annick Masselot.
Masselot also argues that there is no reason to ban pregnant women as heart patients or high blood pressure patients are not required to submit a medical certificate before flying.
A recent research report by UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says that pregnant women can travel by air until the 37th week of pregnancy without any “significant health risk.”