Flying with Oxygen

Flying with Portable Oxygen Concentrators

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Airlines allow you to bring portable concentrators with them airplanes, as explained in Federal Aviation Administration Number 120-95 & Special Federal Air Regulation 106. These documents explain the requirements forconcentrators and explain what air carriers require from passengers who need smedical oxygen during your flights.

If you are taking an international flight, you may need to comply with two sets of regulations – for example, U.S. and Canadian rules – and you should contact your airline to be sure you understand all the procedures you must follow.

All of our portable oxygen concentrators we have are FAA-approved.

Extra batteries must be carefully packed in your carry-on luggage. Please ensure that the terminals on the batteries are taped and protected from coming in contact with anything else in your bag. You might not be be allowed to bring your batteries with you if they are not packed properly.

Your concentrator and extra batteries are considered medical devices. While they will need to be screened by a TSA personnel. They do not count against your carry-on baggage allowance.

Here are requirements most airlines use for onboard use of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC)

Transporting a Portable Oxygen Concentrator
If you are transporting a concentrator on a flight but plan on using it, the documentation and approval is not required, provided the concentrator is FAA-approved and meets the battery requirements. In this case, the concentrator should be stored in the cabin.

Tips for flying with a portable concentrator.

  • Call the airline a two or three weeks before your flight. Speak to them to obtain their policy and make oxygen arrangements. The airline may ask for a letter from your doctor, medical history, and your oxygen prescription.
  • It is recommended to have a direct flight. The shorter the flight time and layovers, the less batteries you will need.
  • If possible, try to charge you concentrator while you are waiting to boarding or on a layover.
  • A pulse oximeter is recommended to keep track of oxygen levels.
  • Try to board the flight first so you can properly store your unit properly before other passengers board. Many of the POCs fit seat in front of you, if not, special accommodations will have to be made.
  • FAA guidelines state that you have enough battery life to power your portable concentrator for at least 150% of your flight time. Always carry enough your flight, even if it is a short flight.

Using a Portable Concentrator in an Airport

Airline Requirements for Flying with a Portable Concentrator

All of the following requirements should be met when you plan on flying with a concentrator
  • You must contact the airline and advise them of the intended use of the concentrator and model type.
  • You must travel with an FAA approved model of concentrator.
  • The concentrator must have a manufacturer's label attached indicating that it has been approved for use on aircraft.
  • The concentrator should be used in the battery-operated mode during the flight.
  • You must have a enough fully-charged batteries to cover the duration of the flight and any delays. Most airlines require extra batteries that are 150 percent of the flight time. If your flight is 2 hours, most airlines require you have 3.5 hours of battery life.
  • Any Extra batteries must be packed for carry-on in a manner to prevent any problems.
  • You must have a letter from yoour physician with an issue-date of no more than one year prior to flight date. The letter from the doctor is a requirement of FAA regulations. The letter must include the following information:
  • If you are able to operate the device, recognize and respond to any alarms if the user is traveling with a companion who will be able to perform these functions.
  • Please check-in an hour before departure with a crewmember when you arrive at airport for a boarding pass and have your concentrator and paperwork ready for inspection.

Using a Portable Concentrator in an Airport Approved US Airlines
  • DeVilbiss iGo (Continuous flow)
  • Inogen One (Pulse dose)
  • Inogen G2 (Pulse dose)
  • Inogen G3 (Pulse dose)
  • Inovalabs LifeChoice (Pulse dose)
  • Inovalabs LifeChoice Activeox (Pulse dose)
  • Invacare XPO2 (Pulse dose)
  • Invacare Solo2 (Continuous flow)
  • Oxlife Independence (Continuous flow)
  • Drive Oxus (Pulse dose)
  • Respironics EverGo (Pulse dose)
  • Respironics SimplyGo (Continuous flow)
  • SeQual Eclipse (Continuous flow)
  • SeQual SAROS (Pulse dose)

Instructions for Portable Concentrator Use
  • Federal Regulations state that the you must be in a seat that is closest to the window and you cannot occupy an emergency exit seat.
  • You must be stow your concentrator underneath the seat in front of you.

Here is a list of airlines that allow portable concentrators on board. Always contact the airlines before go to the airport to get requirments.
  • American Airlines 1-800-433-7300
  • America West 1-800-428-4322
  • Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522
  • Allegiant Airlines 1-800-426-0333
  • ATA Airlines 1-800-225-9919
  • Continental Airlines 1-800-523-3273
  • Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
  • Frontier Airlines 1-800-432-1FLY
  • Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320
  • Jet Blue 1-800-JETBLUE
  • Lufthansa
  • Midwest Airlines 1-800-452-2022
  • Northwest Airlines 1- 800-225-2525
  • Southwest Airlines 1-800-I-FLY-SWA
  • US Airways 1-800-428-4322

Contact us regarding any questions you have about flying with a portable concentrator. If you would more inofrmation on FAA regulations, please visit FAA regulations.