Traveling with Oxygen
Use of Oxygen on Commercial Airlines
Policies concerning the use of in-flight oxygen vary substantially among airlines. Contact your airline or check your airline’s website to obtain its specific guidelines on oxygen use during flight.
Airlines require a minimum of 72 hours advance notice before your flight if you plan to travel with oxygen. For this reason, planning ahead is essential. Be sure to review procedures and complete any and all necessary paperwork required by the airline as early as possible.
Airlines generally require a ―Physician’s Statement—a written authorization signed by your doctor—that verifies your need for oxygen therapy. This document also outlines any specific oxygen delivery instructions that you and the airline need to know. Many carriers have their own airline specific medical forms that must be signed and dated within a certain period, (eg, 10 days or less) before travel. Be sure to check with your airline about its specific policies.
All the portable oxygen concentrators (POC’s) we carry are FAA approved but you still need a doctors note i.e., prescription. You should consider getting sufficient number of batteries to power the device for the duration of the flight. Travelers should plan not only for power needs during scheduled flight times but also for any unanticipated delays.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor and provider well in advance to discuss your travel plans and your oxygen therapy needs.
If you will also need portable oxygen at the airport or at your destination, don’t forget to make those arrangements before departing on your trip.
Remember to pack everything you will need during your flight in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to include medications, cannulas, and extra batteries or power cords for your equipment.
Arrive early at the airport to allow additional time for passing through security checkpoints with your oxygen equipment.
Carry copies of a current Physician’s Statement with you at all times to verify your need for portable oxygen.
Five MUST HAVE’s for All Travelers:
1. Prescription (Rx)
2. Oxygen bag for carrying all the oxygen supplies.
3. Oxygen device like a tank or concentrator.
4. For concentrator users a converter or plug adapter.
5. Back up oxygen device and oxygen supplies.
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For more information:
Airline Oxygen Council of America (AOCA)
American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
National Home Oxygen Patients Association (NHOPA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)