For most passengers, keeping electronic devices charged is an annoyance. But for people flying with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, keeping their portable oxygen powered – so they can breathe – is a serious challenge. But while it takes careful planning and occasional troubleshooting, people with COPD can reach all sorts of destinations.
Suitcase packed? Check. Portable oxygen concentrator with paperwork? Check. Medication in carry-on bag? Check. Once again, Jean Rommes, 70, is ready to travel. Between her consulting and advocacy work, Rommes flies twice a month or so throughout the U.S. and to Canada. With COPD, she’s found advance preparation is the key to (usually) smooth trips.