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Mario Sánchez-Borges, Phone: +58 212 2615284, Email: sanchezbmario@gmail.com

This is a product of the Anaphylaxis Committee of the World Allergy Organization.

The authors thank the Board of Directors for approval and support of the paper.

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.



  • Aircraft
  • Air travel
  • Allergic reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Emergency
  • Flight
  • Food allergy

In-flight allergic emergencies

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Journal Title:

World Allergy Organization Journal


Volume 10, Number 1


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Allergic and hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylaxis and asthma exacerbations may occur during air travel. Although the exact incidence of in-flight asthma and allergic emergencies is not known, we have concerns that this subject has not received the attention it warrants. There is a need to provide passengers at risk and airlines with the necessary measures to prevent and manage these emergencies. A review of the epidemiology, management and approaches to prevention of allergic and asthma emergencies during air travel is presented with the goal of increasing awareness about these important, potentially preventable medical events

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© The Author(s). 2017

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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