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COPD and flying

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you are planning to fly, go to your GP for a fitness-to-fly assessment. This involves measuring your oxygen levels and checking your spirometry (breathing test) results (see the Diagnosis section).

Before travelling, remember to pack all your medication, such as inhalers, in your hand luggage.

If you are using oxygen therapy, you should inform your travel operator and airline before booking your holiday, as you may need to get a medical form from your GP. If you are using long-term oxygen therapy, you should arrange to take an adequate oxygen supply with you abroad.

Some airlines may charge a fee for taking oxygen onboard. Since February 2006, UK oxygen suppliers have a duty to ensure that you can get oxygen while you are abroad. See External links for information about oxygen suppliers.

Medical Review: January 07, 2010

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