What Oxygen Concentrators are approved?
As of 08-23-18 here is a comprehensive list of all FAA approved POC machines
Airsep Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Devilbiss / Drive Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Inogen Portable Oxygen Concentrators
InovaLabs / Resmed Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Invacare Portable Oxygen Concentrators
O2 Concepts Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Oxus Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Respironics Portable Oxygen Concentrators
SeQual / Caire Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Precision Medical Portable Oxygen Concentrators
What Oxygen Concentrator do I need?
Now that you have your prescription, and it tells you if you need Pulse or Continuous flow, we can choose an appropriate machine for your needs. Pulse-only machines tend to be smaller and lighter Portable Concentrators. They are designed to deliver oxygen based off 20 breaths per minute. They do not need to work as much as a machine operating at continuous flow. Therefore they are smaller, more compact, and generally use much less battery. Pulse dose machines can weigh between 2 pounds up to about 7 or 8 pounds. The more LPM you need, the larger the Oxygen Concentrator will be. Continuous flow Portable Oxygen Concentrators typically do Pulse Flow as well. They start around 10 pounds and go up to 18 pounds. They have a travel cart, so you do not always have to carry them. You can pull them behind you like a piece of luggage.
Since you have picked out the machine you would like, it is time to calculate how much battery you need. It is an FAA requirement that you have 150% of battery life compared to flight time. For instance, if you have a 4 hour flight, you will need to add an extra 2 hours worth of battery time as a safety cushion. This way if you are unable to take off right away, or are not able to land right away, you will have extra battery life to accommodate for these delays. Keep in mind, if you fly First or Business class, you may have access to a certain power port which would allow you to be able to plug your POC into the planes power supply. You will need an Airline Power Cord adapter to do this.
Lets do some math. Say you need 2LPM on Pulse, and you choose the InovaLabs Activox portable. The built in, internal battery should last about 6 hours on this setting. Your flight is 4 hours long. You should have adequate battery capacity for this flight. Now lets say you need 3LPM on Pulse. The Activox is rated at 5 hours. Your flight is 6 hours. This means you need a total of 9 hours worth of battery for this flight. You will need to purchase the external battery option and have it fully charged up when you board the plane to be safe to fly.
Where should you store your Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
While in flight, it is best to stow your POC under the seat in front of you. Make sure you have a long enough cannula to reach your nose comfortably. Most cannulas come in a standard 7 foot length. Since POC's are generally pretty small and compact, they are also designed to fit under the seat in front of you, while still allowing ample airflow around the machine so it can operate properly. If you have extra tubing or supplies, make sure it is all stowed away safely. You need to keep safety in mind, and make sure there is no trip hazard for you or any other passengers as they move about the cabin. Please note that oxygen users are not supposed to sit in an emergency exit isle. If you are seated in one, please consult a flight attendant to see if you can be moved.
Nobody enjoys it, but part of boarding a plane is now being subject to TSA screenings of all your belongings. The following tips were taken from the TSA blog site found here:
When traveling with portable oxygen, the first thing travelers should do is contact their airline. Not all airlines allow the use of portable oxygen concentrators, so that’s a very important first step. Travelers should also check with the manufacturer to determine whether their specific oxygen concentrator is approved for in-flight use.
Here’s what passengers can expect when traveling with portable oxygen through TSA checkpoints:
It may speed up the security screening if you can temporarily disconnect from your POC until the screening is completed.
Whenever possible it is a great idea to always plug your POC into the wall outlets in your airline terminal. This will insure maximum battery charge once you board the plane.
Individual Airline Requirements:
As of August 2018, here are some of the guidelines for these individual airlines. As always, it is suggested that you call your airline ahead of your flight to make sure you have everything you need!
Your POC may be identified by the manufacturer using part numbers, model numbers or kit numbers. Your POC may have been sold individually or in a kit. The kit part numbers may be different than the actual POC name and model number that is included in the kit.
At Alaska, we identify the name and model of the actual POC that has been approved by the FAA. Please use the identification from the label attached directly to the POC when identifying if your POC is approved for use in flight.
We accept the following oxygen concentrating devices on domestic and international flights:
DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
Inova Labs models (Also known as International Biophysics)
Invacare Corporation models
Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
Precision Medical EasyPulse
Must be seated in window seats only for use inflight on 737 aircraft.
You may use a POC not listed above, provided it has a permanent label with a statement printed in red lettering indicating it has met the FAA criteria.
Example of messaging: "The manufacturer of this POC has determined this device conforms to all applicable FAA acceptance criteria for POC carriage and use on board aircraft"
Other POC brands and models may be carried in the cabin with the batteries removed, if they meet the carry-on size and weight requirements.
Portable oxygen concentrator service may be arranged for Alaska Airlines flight numbers 001-1999, 2000-2999 and 3300-3499 only. For service on any codeshare or subcontractor flights, please contact the operating carrier directly.
While it is not necessary to provide advance notice that you will be using a POC, we strongly recommend 48 hours advance notice. Letting us know in advance will generally result in a smoother trip. Once your travel plans are confirmed, please call our dedicated accessible services line at 1-800-503-0101 so we may document that you will be using your approved POC during your flight.
You are required to provide (rented or owned) an approved POC, and know how to use it. We do not provide this equipment or provide instruction for its use.
You must bring an ample supply of fully charged batteries to power your POC for no less than 150% of the duration of the flight and ground connection time for unanticipated delays. Electrical power ports may be available on some flights but must not be depended upon to power the device, and they are not a substitute for fully charged batteries.
You must ensure that all extra batteries are properly protected from short-circuiting by having recessed battery terminals or by packaging the batteries so they do not contact metal objects, including the terminals of other batteries.
For questions regarding POC usage, please call our dedicated accessible services line at 1-800-503-0101 for assistance.
You may use an FAA-approved POC during all phases of travel including taxi, take-off, and landing as long as it remains stowed under seat in front of you. You may plug it into the aircraft electrical power plug; however, you must have spare batteries in your possession in the event your seat has an inoperable power plug or you are aboard an aircraft without power.
Since your POC must be stored underneath the seat in front of yours, you may not occupy a bulkhead or emergency exit row.
If you are using a POC, you must have a signed statement from your doctor on the doctor's letterhead. Your doctor can draft his/her own letter but we recommend using our physician's consent form (PDF file is 49k).
Prior to boarding, you must present a completed physician's consent form or signed statement to an agent at the boarding gate.
The physician's consent form must verify:
You must keep the physician's consent form on your person at all times during your journey. The physician's consent form must be updated whenever your health changes in such a way that affects your fitness to fly with supplemental oxygen.
Battery powered mobility devices (wheelchairs/scooters, etc.) will be checked at no additional charge at the ticket counter or gate and transported if the cargo compartment is large enough and if all federal HAZMAT safety regulations are satisfied.
Additionally, it is recommended that all removable parts (i.e., cushions, arm or leg rests, and side guards) be stowed in an overhead bin or under a seat if the parts fit and also meet all FAA safety requirements for onboard stowage.
In some situations, it will be necessary to remove the battery from the passenger’s wheelchair or other mobility device, and to package it separately:
Wet Cell (Spillable) Batteries
If your wheelchair or other battery-powered mobility aid is powered by a wet cell (spillable) battery, it can be carried as checked baggage, provided:
When it is not possible to store in an upright position, the battery will be removed, placed in a protective battery box, as required by federal HAZMAT safety regulations, and loaded into the cargo compartment of the aircraft at no additional charge.
Dry Cell (Non-Spillable) Batteries
If your wheelchair or other battery-powered mobility aid is powered by a non-spillable (gel cell, absorbed electrolyte) battery or a dry cell sealed battery, it can be carried as checked baggage, provided:
If these criteria cannot be met the following must occur:
Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries
If your wheelchair or other battery-powered mobility aid is powered by a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, Allegiant personnel must be able to determine that the battery is approved for transportation and must meet specific criteria, such as:
For mobility aids where the lithium-ion battery is installed as an essential part of the device, there is no watt hour limit for the battery
If your device is specifically designed to allow its battery to be easily removed (i.e. a collapsible scooter, etc.), the battery must be:
Passengers are allowed to transport two (2) spare batteries less than 100 watt hour ( Wh) each in carry-on baggage
Lithium Metal (non-rechargeable lithium) Batteries
If your wheelchair or other battery-powered mobility aid is powered by a lithium metal battery, it is forbidden for travel in these devices.
Notify an agent at the ticket counter or at the gate that you are traveling with an FAA approved POC or other medical device at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Prior to boarding, an Allegiant agent will verify the POC or other medical device to ensure safe stowage onboard the aircraft. Medical devices travel free of charge, if they are self-contained and not comingled with personal items. Although pre-boarding is not required, we strongly recommend passengers pre-board to allow extra time to safely stow your device.
How do I make a reservation for a passenger who requires Portable Oxygen?
At the time the reservation is made, please inform the Reservations Agent or indicate online your intended use of a ventilator, respirator, CPAP machine, or Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC). To add your POC or other device to an existing reservation, please visit our Manage Travel tab on our website. If you are traveling within 48 hours, please contact our Customer Care team. If you have any questions regarding travel with your device, please contact us.
Is there a fee to carry aboard a Portable Oxygen Concentrator or medical assistive device?
In accordance with DOT guidelines, there is no fee to transport medical equipment for passenger use.
Per the Department of Transportation (DOT):
"The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag (e.g., purse or briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to medical supplies and/or assistive devices (including service animals and their equipment). Passengers with disabilities generally may carry medical equipment, medications, and assistive devices on board the aircraft.
What are the rules for traveling with a respiratory device?
The portable oxygen concentrator must not interfere with the electrical, navigation or communication equipment on the aircraft on which the device is to be used. The POC may only be used in its battery-operated mode. Allegiant does not have electrical outlets onboard for commercial product use:
During movement of the aircraft on the surface, takeoff, and landing, the portable oxygen concentrator must:
The user of the portable oxygen concentrator must comply with the following conditions to use the device onboard the aircraft:
Which type of respiratory assistance devices are approved for use onboard any Allegiant flight?
Approved POC devices include:
Mobility and medical devices don’t count toward carry-on limits. If space is limited, the device doesn’t fit in the cabin or if it isn’t required during the flight, it may need to be checked.
During your flight, you can only use portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) approved by the FAA. You must notify Reservations at least 48-hours before your departure, and a special assistance coordinator will contact you before your flight to verify your device.
Requirements for traveling with an approved POC
Before you board, check in at the gate so an agent can:
List of approved POC's
POCs you can’t use inflight
FAA Regulations prohibit the use and transportation of other personal oxygen units, including those that contain compressed or liquid oxygen because they are classified as hazardous materials.
POCs must be free of oil, grease or other petroleum products, in good condition, free from damage or other signs of excessive wear or abuse.
*Approved for use on American mainline aircraft. Approved on a case-by-case basis on Envoy aircraft.
**SeQual Eclipse (models 1000, 1000A, and 1000B) and SeQual Eclipse SAROS may not be used on Republic Airlines. These models are too large to fit under the seat for use on board the aircraft. These models may be transported in the cabin as assistive devices and stowed in the overhead compartments but cannot be used on board the aircraft.
Onboard power for medical devices
You’re required to bring any necessary, fully-charged batteries to power your medical devices throughout your flight. Don’t depend on the availability of a power outlet to support your device. If available, power outlets may be used for approved POCs and breast pumps. The use of onboard power might require a DC power adaptor
Customers may use their own FAA approved POC onboard a Delta flight. To use a passenger owned POC, complete the steps below:
At least 48 hours prior to domestic travel 72 hours for international travel, have your physician complete the Physician's Statement. Failure to submit the Physician Statement at least 48 hours prior to travel may result in delays or refusal to board.
You must bring the completed Physician's Statement to the airport to confirm the need for in-flight oxygen and to verify the required flow rate.
Additional Considerations When Using a POC Onboard
To accommodate an approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator during the flights, Delta needs:
The minimum recommendations for arrival time are as follows:
Accepted POCs for Onboard Use
The following Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) units have been approved by the FAA and Delta for use onboard Delta, Delta Shuttle® and Delta Connection carriers.
¹Note: These POCs may be transported on Shuttle America/Chautauqua but are no longer acceptable for use onboard the aircraft.
* The AirSep Lifestyle device must have a sticker affixed to the inside cover stating “RTCA/DO—1600 21 category M Compliant” to indicate that it has been modified for air travel. If the AirSep Lifestyle device does not have this sticker, it will not be accepted for use on board.
POC as Carry on and Checked Baggage
All other POC brands/units not permitted to be used during flight may be carried on or checked as baggage only under the following conditions:
Note: Passengers bringing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator onboard as a carry on item and NOT for use in-flight are not required to complete the Physician's statement to obtain screening/approval or to provide any other documentation.
POC Onboard Power Sources
Delta does not provide any onboard power sources for assistive devices. The customer is responsible for providing batteries with enough life to support the trip they are on. Empower, available on certain aircraft, is for charging laptops only.
POC FAA Battery Requirements
The FAA requires that a POC user must have 150% of their actual flight time in battery time, regardless of how long the user may choose to use the device as a carry-on item.
The appropriate number of batteries should be calculated using the manufacturer's estimate of the hours of battery life while the device is in use and the information provided in the physician's statement (e.g., flow rate for the POCs). The expected maximum flight duration is defined as the carrier's best estimate of the total duration of the flight from departure gate to arrival gate.
Medical Oxygen Onboard
Cylinders of compressed or liquefied medical oxygen can't be accepted onboard or in checked baggage for any of our flights.
Certain carry-on Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Frontier for use on board the aircraft.
At this time, the only portable oxygen concentrators accepted and approved by the FAA for air transport and use onboard Frontier aircraft are:
Note: While the SeQual SAROS (26.8” length x 4.375” diameter) is an FAA-approved device, the device exceeds acceptable carry-on baggage dimensions described in this program; therefore, it cannot be carried onboard. The SeQual SAROS may be checked without charge.
The signed medical statement may be on physician letterhead or on a prescription. The Portable Oxygen Concentrator Medical Authorization (form 30881) is available on www.FlyFrontier.com.
Note: A passenger may be responsible for expenses incurred by Frontier for such things as utilization of on-board emergency oxygen supplies or the diversion of a flight for medical attention in conjunction with items deemed the passenger's responsibility.
A few things to know about traveling with POCs
A POC is considered an assistive device and may be carried on the aircraft or checked without charge. A POC may be carried onboard for use in the cabin or transported as checked baggage.
You should carry enough fully charged batteries to power the device throughout your entire journey including all ground time (between connections), the duration of the flight, and any unexpected delays. All batteries must be transported in carry-on baggage and packaged in a manner that protects them from physical damage and short circuits.
You should plan to bring a battery supply equal to at least 150% of scheduled flight time. More information regarding travel with batteries, is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Aircraft electrical outlets (plugs) are not available for use with any electronic device. Prior to traveling, passengers must complete the Portable Oxygen Concentrator Medical Authorization Form 30881 (PDF) or obtain a medical statement from their physician addressing the points on the Frontier Medical Authorization form.
You must provide the completed and signed Frontier Portable Oxygen Concentrator Medical Authorization Form or a medical statement at the airport. Customer service representatives and flight crews will ask to see the document prior to transport.
Other Respiratory Devices Onboard
Frontier allows the use of battery-powered respiratory devices (e.g., ventilator, respirator, CPAP machine) for use on board the aircraft. These devices must bear a sticker indicating they are approved for use on aircraft and meet FAA requirements.
A few things to know about traveling with respiratory devices
PERSONAL OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR (POC)
Hawaiian Airlines (“HA”) allows the use of a Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) approved battery powered Portable Oxygen Concentrator (“POC”) in accordance with SFAR 106 and 14 CFR Part 382. The FAA requires that a POC bear a label with the following statement in red lettering: “The manufacture of this POC has determined that this device conforms to all applicable FAA acceptance criteria for POC carriage and use on board aircraft.”
The FAA label requirements do not apply to the following POCs as they have been approved by the FAA for use on board an aircraft prior to May 24, 2016:
Customers may bring for use FAA approved POCs onboard HA aircraft provided the requirements in paragraph A2 are met:
Passengers who intend to use the POC in flight must present to Hawaiian Airlines upon check in at the airport, a Physicians Statement (“Medical Certificate”) dated within ten (10) days of initial departure that states the following:
POC Battery Requirements:
POCs and, their spare batteries, as well as carry cases, are considered by HA to be assistive devices and will not be counted toward the one carry-on baggage or personal item allowance. The Passenger who requires the POC as an accommodation for air travel may berequired to be assessed and cleared for prescreening or fit to fly evaluation.
Please note some of our aircraft have in-seat electrical power, but it is not suitable for respiratory devices.
Criteria for Traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators:
Your POC must have a manufacturer's label attached indicating it has been approved for use on aircraft. If no label is present, our Crew members will make every effort to verify that the device has been approved for air travel through our Business Partner.
The FAA no longer requires documentation from your physician to use your POC on the aircraft. It is up to you to understand the operation of the device. We recommend that you bring with you the manufacturers operating instructions or other written information provided by your healthcare professional regarding the use of your POC.
JetBlue may verify the following:
Whether the user is able to operate the device, recognize and respond appropriately to its alarms; and if not, that the user is traveling with a companion who is able to perform these functions.
The phases of the flight (taxi, takeoff, cruise, landing) during which use of the device is medically necessary.
The maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions. (Cabins are pressurized to an altitude of 8,000 feet.)
Battery and Seating Requirements
We require that all Customers traveling with a POC have an adequate supply of batteries to last 150% of the expected travel time. The extra batteries must be packaged in a way to prevent short circuiting.
Your POC may only be used in its battery operated mode. JetBlue Airways does not have on-board power suitable for operating personal medical devices.
In order to use your POC on-board the aircraft you must be seated in a seat that does not block the egress of another Customer. This often means you will need to be seated in a window seat.
The POC must be stowed completely underneath the seat in front of you during taxi, take-off, and landing.
When selecting your seat please keep in mind POC's may not be used at a bulkhead seat or emergency exit row seat.
A POC may be used in our MINT cabin, however, due to under the seat stowage restrictions, the POC must be stowed in the overhead compartment for taxi; take-off and landing. In addition, the lay flat feature of the seat will be forfeited in order to accommodate the use of the POC during flight.
On-board oxygen is not provided on JetBlue flights. If you need or may need oxygen during a flight, you are required to travel with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC). JetBlue does not allow the transport or use of compressed oxygen or oxygen generators due to the hazardous material classification.
Portable oxygen concentrators
Conditions that must be met in order to use an approved POC during flight:
The POC may only be used in its battery-operated mode. Southwest Airlines does not have electrical outlets onboard the aircraft for commercial product use.
The Customer must have a sufficient number of fully charged batteries to cover no less than 150% of the expected maximum flight duration, which is based on the scheduled flight time and factors such as weather conditions, traffic delays, and any other conditions that may delay travel. We recommend carrying at least one extra battery. Extra batteries must be packaged for carryon in a manner to prevent short circuit. Battery terminals must either be recessed or packaged so as to prevent contact with metal objects, including terminals of other batteries. Extra batteries must be carried on and cannot be inside of checked luggage.
A Customer may transport a POC that has not been approved for use inflight, but cannot use the device onboard. Although not required, we encourage Customers to bring documentation specifying that he/she will not need the device inflight. If a Customer is not planning on using a POC during the flight but our Employees have reason to believe that oxygen may be required to complete travel, additional medical documentation requirements may apply.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) may be brought onboard our flights in accordance with Federal Regulations 14 CFR Parts 121 and 382.
Effective August 22, 2016: POCs intended for use during flight must bear a label on the exterior of the device containing the following certification statement in red lettering, “The manufacturer of this POC has determined this device conforms to all applicable FAA acceptance criteria for POC carriage and use on board aircraft.” Additionally, the following POC models are approved for use during flight with or without a label:
Customers may indicate the intended use of a POC when booking travel via Southwest.com by using the “Add/Edit Disability Options” (situated on the Enter Traveler Info page). This can be done by clicking on the “Add/Edit Disability Options” link located in the Passenger details section. After you have selected the applicable option(s), click “Continue.” If a reservation has already been created, Customers should click on the “FLIGHT | HOTEL | CAR” link located on the top of our home page. Then, select “Manage Reservations” from the “Flights” column, input the required information, and select “Continue.” From that page, click on the "Add/Edit” Disability Options link. Once the option(s) have been added , click “Continue” and the information will be saved to the reservation.
If the reservation is made by telephone or the Customer would like to advise us of their intended POC use by telephone, the Customer should inform our Customer Representative of the intended use of the POC and either note the model of POC to be used or verify that the POC includes the label described above. This can be done by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792) prior to travel.
If booking through a travel agent, the Customer should call 1-800-I-FLY-SWA(1-800-435-9792) after the reservation is made.
At the airport
The Customer using the approved POC must check with a Customer Service Agent and have their device verified. To do so, the Customer should arrive at the departure gate no less than 45 minutes prior to departure. If the Customer wishes to preboard, the Customer must then see a Customer Service Agent to receive a Preboarding Document (if he/she has not done so already).
Prior to boarding each flight associated with the Customer's itinerary, the Southwest Airlines Operations Agent will verify the POC model, phases of flight (taxi, takeoff, cruise, landing) during which the Customer intends to use the device, and number and packaging of batteries.
We strongly suggest that Customers using POCs in the aircraft board with the preboarding group. Note: Customers who do not make themselves available for preboarding in order to secure an aircraft seat that meets FAA safety requirements may be denied boarding or rebooked on an alternate flight to their destination in order to be seated appropriately. While we will make every attempt to accommodate a Customer using a POC who does not preboard, we will not delay the aircraft to reseat Customers.
In accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Regulations, the Customer using an approved POC must be seated in a seat closest to the window than any other Customer in that row. In many situations, the Customer using the approved POC must be seated in a window seat to comply with the Safety Regulations. Consistent with federal safety regulations, a POC that will be used inflight must be able to fit completely under a seat in a space that is 19” D x 11” H x 10.75” W. (Some POCs must be positioned on its side in order to fit underneath out aircraft seats.)
Approved POCs that will be used during any phase of flight should be stowed completely underneath the seat in front of the Customer using the POC. As a result, most Customers using POCs may not be seated in the first row (bulkhead).
Pursuant to FAA Safety Regulations, a Customer using a POC may not occupy an emergency exit seat.
No maximum weight applies to POCs except in the following situations:
1. Any abnormally heavy item that appears to exceed the structural limitations of a designated carryon stowage area must be checked and carried in the cargo hold.
2. POCs that are not being used inflight that are placed in an overhead bin should not exceed the maximum placarded overhead bin weight limits.
The customer must ensure that he or she has ample batteries to power the POC for the duration of the flight, any ground connection time where the POC will be used, plus three additional hours to allow for unanticipated delays. United does not have electrical power available for customer use on all of its aircraft. In-seat electrical power is available on only a limited number of aircraft, and there is no guarantee that any available in-seat power will be operative. Flights operated by United Express do not have in-seat power.
The customer must ensure that all extra batteries are properly protected from short-circuiting by having recessed battery terminals or by packaging the batteries so they do not contact metal objects, including the terminals of other batteries.
Medical Certificate for POC Use
Customers wanting to use a POC on board should advise United when making reservations. Customers using a POC who make reservations with a travel agent or on the internet need to contact the United Customer Contact Center at least 48 hours in advance of travel to ensure that United has all of the necessary information and can assist the customer in meeting travel requirements. Failure to meet the requirements will result in denied use of the POC during travel. Customers in the U.S. or Canada can contact the Accessibility Desk directly at 1-800-228-2744.
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