Flying with a lung condition
What happens when flying with a lung condition?
The air pressure within the cabin of an airplane is not the same as the air pressure on earth, meaning that when you fly, oxygen will not enter your body as easily as it would normally. You may feel more breathless and your chest may feel a little tight, especially on long-haul flights. However, very few people experience problems when travelling with the correct medical advice and precautions.
Is it safe to fly with a lung condition?
A lung condition doesn’t necessarily prevent you from flying. Please note that you should always speak to your doctor before booking and travelling. Most people with a lung condition, even if they use oxygen, can travel on planes.
Can I fly with an oxygen tank?
This depends on the airline you’re flying with. However, most airlines only accept a portable oxygen concentrator, just remember to charge those batteries before your flight. You should inform your doctor before you fly and the airline you’re flying with in regards to their policy on this.
Please inform Alternative Airlines that you intend to carry oxygen on your flight as soon as possible before your day of departure. You should report that you intend to use your own Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) during the flight and clearly specify the manufacturer and model.
Do I need a medical certificate?
If you need additional oxygen on board the plane, some airlines may ask you to show them a medical certificate at the airport. These certificates show that you are healthy enough to fly. You can obtain a medical form either from your airline or from your medical practice which needs to be completed by you and your doctor. You must carry your concentrator with you and show it to the airline employees as required.