Asthma, holidays and travel

12) Flying and asthma


  • The air pressure within the cabin of a commercial airplane is not the same as the air pressure at sea level. This means that when your child travels by plane, oxygen will not enter their body as easily as it does normally.
  • Anyone travelling in an aircraft will have a drop in the amount of oxygen getting into their blood, although they are unlikely to feel any different.
  • When you have asthma this can make your child’s symptoms worse. They may feel more breathless, their chest may feel tight.
  • The longer the flight lasts, the more likely they are to experience symptoms.
  • With the right medical advice and precautions, very few people experience problems when they fly.