Why climbers climbing high mountain peaks need oxygen but airplane passengers flying in high altitude don’t need oxygen?

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Why climbers climbing high mountain peaks need oxygen but airplane passengers flying in high altitude don’t need oxygen?

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The cabin of an airplane is artificially pressurized to be nearer to the air pressure at the surface. The atmosphere on a high mountain peak is not.

The plane is an enclosed, air-tight container which is pressurized to allow for livable conditions for humans.

Airplanes are pressurized. They’re completely sealed off from the outside, and they’re pumped full of enough air to simulate being on the ground. That’s why when there’s an emergency, an oxygen bag will drop for you to breath out of

Because the cabin is pressurized.

The air on a tall mountain is very low pressure, and that causes hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen. It’s not that high altitudes have less oxygen in comparison to the rest of the air, it’s that there is just less air.

So you can fix that by compressing the air to ~sea level pressure inside the cabin.