When you are travelling on a plane, there’s a couple of things to bare in mind when it comes to personal alarms. The advice differs depending on whether you have a fixed alarm or a go-anywhere alarm such as YourStride.
Fixed alarms have been around for a long time and you may well have come across them before. They are typically a pendant with a button on it and a separate base unit that you speak into. The base unit connects to a monitoring team via your landline. This means that they are only helpful at home.
For this reason, if you are travelling on a plane and going away for a few days, your pendant won’t work. So, it is best to leave it at home. Ideally, leave it in a place where it will be the first thing you see when you come home so you are reminded to put it on again.
Unlike traditional fixed alarms, go-anywhere alarms use mobile networks to connect to a monitoring team. They do so using a sim card that is built in. This means you can use them wherever you are rather than just at home.
Our YourStride watch is an example of a go-anywhere alarm.
If you are going away for a few days, you can take these types of alarms with you. They can still be useful for calling for help (normally within UK).
However, when you board an aircraft, you need to switch the alarm off for the flight. This is just as you would for a mobile phone. As soon as you land, you can switch it back on again.
When you are going away for more than a couple of days, it can be useful to let your monitoring team know. They will note down the dates you are away and store it on your profile. This can avoid any confusion and if you do call for help, the team already knows you are away.