The Chief Executive of the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, Warren Bennett, says the directive is impossible to monitor and appears to be US paranoia.
He also says it could restrict passengers from exercising to avoid blood clots and deep-vein thrombosis on the 14 hour flight to the United States.
'It's often the case that passengers, particularly in economy class, where it is not always easy to get up and move about the cabin, they combine the two activities, and walk around the cabin and queue at the toilet, and move their legs, jiggle their feet, stamp their feet and move their arms around a bit to get the exercises that are necessary to ward off the possibility of DVT.'
I am blogging this SBS report purely because of the additional information about DVT. I would never blog something just for its spectacular headline. Promise. Really.