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Guideline update
Managing passengers with stable respiratory disease planning air travel: British Thoracic Society recommendations
  1. Dinesh Shrikrishna1,
  2. Robina K Coker2 on behalf of the Air Travel Working Party of the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee
  1. 1National Heart & Lung Institute, Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London, UK
  2. 2National Heart & Lung Institute, Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna, Royal Brompton Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, London SW3 6NP, UK; dinesh.shrikrishna{at}


This article summarises the key points from the 2011 British Thoracic Society (BTS) recommendations on managing passengers with respiratory disease planning air travel. The guidance aims to provide practical advice for respiratory specialists in secondary care and serves as a valuable reference for other healthcare professionals managing these patients. A greater awareness of the challenges posed by air travel will allow improved clinical assessment and practical advice to encourage patients to fly safely wherever possible.

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