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Assessment of adult patients for air travel

Melissa Mattison, MD, SFHM
David J Lucier, MD, MBA, MPH, CPPS
Section Editor
Joann G Elmore, MD, MPH
Deputy Editor
Judith A Melin, MA, MD, FACP


In the United States, the Department of Transportation has issued specific regulations to prevent discrimination against passengers based on disability and requires airline carriers to accommodate patients with disabilities [1]. Similar regulations exist in Europe and many other countries.

Clinicians are frequently asked to make recommendations to patients about travel safety. Air travel exposes people to different factors that could have an impact on their health status. There is also limited availability or absence of medical care in the event of medical emergencies [2]. This topic review will present an overview of issues for clinicians to consider when evaluating the risks posed by commercial air travel.

Multiple topics in UpToDate discuss specific aspects of air travel. Related topics include:

(See "Jet lag".)

(See "High altitude, air travel, and heart disease".)

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