Jul 1, 2001
The Scottish Parliament has reportedly paid for one of
its members to fly business class to Australia because of
fears over deep vein thrombosis.
The Sunday Mail newspaper today reported that
Conservative MSP David Mundell was jetting off next week
on a GBP£2,500 ticket for a one-week conference to
compare the performances of parliaments around the world.
A Holyrood spokesman confirmed the Parliament had
approved Mr Mundell's upgraded flight, adding that it had
paid the cheapest fare available.
"It was deemed appropriate for David Mundell to
fly business class for health and safety reasons, given
the length of the journey," the spokesman said.
"Any time there is a request for a member to
attend a conference abroad it is assessed on a
case-by-case basis to decide whether it is appropriate for
Parliament to pay travel expenses, whether it be business
class or economy."
The dangers of long-haul travel were brought to the
world's attention last October when 28-year-old Emma
Christoffersen, from South Wales, died from a blood clot
brought on by sitting in a seat for 20 hours on a flight
home from Australia.
A subsequent study showed that one in 10 air passengers
develop a blood clot as a result of flying.
Experts advise passengers on long-haul flights to
reduce the risk of developing clots in the legs by taking
an aspirin, walking around the aircraft and wearing
appropriate support stockings.