[PDF] Managing passengers with stable respiratory disease planning air travel : British Thoracic Society recommendations

British Thoracic Society - BTS
British Thoracic Society (BTS)
Publication date:
31 August 2011


This guideline supercedes the 2002 recommendations and 2004 update.

The introduction states that recent studies have confirmed previous findings that there is no reliable threshold in the variables  to determine the safety of air travel or the need for in flight oxygen for individual patients. The guideline covers

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cancer
  • Hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing
  • Obesity
  • Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation
  • Sinus and middle ear disease
  • Expanded sections on infection and comorbidity with cardiac disease