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Most people with chest conditions are able to tolerate normal aircraft conditions and have no difficulty flying.
Because the cabin air is pressurised, not as much oxygen reaches your blood. If you have low blood-oxygen levels this could cause breathlessness and discomfort. Your doctor might suggest having some further tests to see if you will need in-flight oxygen.
If you have had a recent exacerbation (flare-up) of your condition, you should be fully recovered before you fly. If you are in any doubt about your fitness to fly, speak to your doctor or contact your airline’s medical clearance team.
Each airline will have its own policy regarding the supply and use of in-flight oxygen, for example, what flow rates are available and what charges, if any, are applicable.
If you will need to use oxygen during the flight, you will need to let your airline know when you book your flight.
Most airlines will only provide oxygen for the flight. If you need oxygen on the ground you will need to provide your own for any transfer between flights.
Some airlines now prohibit in-flight oxygen during take off and landing. Ask your airline what its policy is.
You may need advice from your doctor before flying
The Airport Guides Network provides information to travellers who use the UK’s many airports, the Heathrow Airport Guide (PDF) supplies information on what to consider if you are flying with a medical condition.