Oxygen for flying
Before you book your flight find out the following information:
- What the airline’s policy is on oxygen? Some airlines will not allow oxygen on the plane at all, it depends on the airline. You must find out before you book a ticket.
- The exact length of the flight, and whether delays are likely.
- The facilities available at both airports. This includes assistance required with luggage, boarding the aircraft, wheelchair requirements and whether oxygen is available.
- If the holiday involves a long-haul flight, you should find out if time will be spent at a third airport for refuelling and how oxygen will be supplied there if required. With the exception of oxygen provision, these services will usually be free.
- How you confirm your fitness to fly. Some airlines let you travel without a letter from your doctor, while others ask you to fill in a special medical form, verified either by your own GP or by the airline’s medical staff. Most ask for a fitness to fly certificate, obtained from your doctor.
Everyone who is a resident in the UK should have insurance and carry it with them when traveling abroad. Remember to check your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is still valid before you travel.