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Deciding to fly after having a stroke is a very individual decision to make. You might want to discuss any potential risks with your doctor. You will also need to consider any practical issues, insurance and airline regulations.
It is recommended that you do not fly for the first 2-3 weeks after your stroke. After that it is best to get advice from your doctor about whether it is safe for you to fly. Check with your airline before you book to see what they recommend.
Airport operators are required to provide assistance to allow anyone travelling with reduced mobility to board, get off and transfer between flights. Let the airline know in advance what help you are likely to need.
Understanding how your ability to communicate has been affected and the ways you use to communicate will help to identify what support you may need when flying.
Speak to your airline about taking items of medical equipment (such as oxygen) on board. Some airlines will not allow you to take your own oxygen supply on board, but they will provide this on request – there may be a charge for this.
The Airport Guides Network provide information to travellers who use the UK’s many airports, the Heathrow Airport Guide supplies information on what to consider if you are flying with a medical condition.