Air travel for those using oxygen has gotten so much easier with the approval of Portable Oxygen Concentrators by the Federal Aviation Administration for use onboard commercial flights originating or landing in the United States.
Check with your airline at least two weeks in advance regarding their policies for use of Portable Oxygen Concentrators. See Links At Bottom Of Page For More Detailed Information
Inform the airlines that you are traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator when booking your reservation.
**Do not pack your portable oxygen concentrator machine or supplemental batteries in your checked luggage; always carry your concentrator on to the plane with you, even if you do not plan to use it.
Make sure you always travel with all your charger cords, adapters, tubing and adequate battery supply for the duration of your scheduled flight, including possible layovers or other delays. Some airlines require that you have a certain amount of battery capability. Remember, with flying it is possible that you may experience a variety of delays, so pack a supply of batteries equaling at least 150 percent of your travel time. As an example, if your flight is 4 hours long, make sure you have battery life that will last you at least 6 hours.
Confirm your reservation and make sure to fax or email all the proper forms to the airlines well in advance of your flight. It is imperative that you keep the necessary paperwork with you at all times otherwise you may not be allowed to board your flight. Many airlines may have their own paperwork that must be completed in a certain time period before your flight. Always check with your airline about specific policies. You will most likely need a physician’s signed statement on a standard form, the doctor’s letterhead or an airline-approved form that contains the following information:
Allow a bit of extra time to pass through security checkpoints.
You will be able to travel through security with your Portable Oxygen Concentrator; however, an airport security employee may need to inspect the unit. You may need to demonstrate to the airline security personnel that you know how to operate your POC and can hear any alarms should they sound.
If you are not planning to use your portable oxygen concentrator during the flight but still want to take it on your trip, follow these guidelines:
Inform the airline staff at check-in and at boarding that you are traveling with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator.