Oxygen and air travel

Respir Care. 2000 Feb;45(2):214-21; discussion 221-2.


In summary, the environmental stresses of commercial air travel and the possibility of altitude-induced adverse events during flight suggest the importance of evaluating prospective air travelers with chronic pulmonary disease for in-flight supplemental oxygen needs. Although gaps exist in current understanding of the risks of air travel and optimal ways of predicting the need for in-flight oxygen, respiratory clinicians can use available techniques to assess travelers' in-flight oxygen needs in many instances. Significant current variation among commercial air carriers in policies regarding providing oxygen, related equipment, and the cost of in-flight oxygen poses challenges to the prospective air traveler and warrants attention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aircraft*
  • Altitude
  • Environment, Controlled
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / physiopathology*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Oxygen / administration & dosage*


  • Oxygen