Flying with Oxygen Cylinders

by Justin LaClair June 16, 2023 2 min read

Since the invention and widespread adoption of battery powered Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC), it has become less common for passengers to fly with metal oxygen cylinders. At one point, the airlines would even provide oxygen for their passengers! All hope is not lost, as it is still possible to fly using oxygen cylinders.

It is possible to fly with an oxygen tank, but there are certain guidelines and procedures that need to be followed. The rules and regulations regarding traveling with an oxygen tank may vary depending on the airline and the specific country or region you are flying from and to. It is important to check with your airline and review the guidelines provided by the relevant aviation authorities before planning your trip.

Here are some general considerations when flying with an oxygen tank:

  • Contact the Airline: Inform the airline in advance about your intention to travel with an oxygen tank. They can provide specific information about their policies, procedures, and any necessary documentation or forms that need to be completed.
  • Medical Clearance: Depending on the airline and the circumstances, you may be required to provide medical documentation or a letter from your healthcare professional stating the need for supplemental oxygen during the flight.
  • Approval and Documentation: Obtain any required approvals, permits, or documentation required by the airline or aviation authorities. This may include a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) approval or a Medical Information Form (MEDIF) provided by the airline.
  • Oxygen Concentrators: Some airlines allow the use of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) during the flight, which are smaller devices that extract oxygen from the surrounding air. These devices may have specific guidelines for use during the flight.
  • Tank Safety: Ensure that the oxygen tank is in compliance with safety regulations. The tank must be securely stored, properly labeled, and meet specific requirements for transportation. Some airlines may have restrictions on the size and type of oxygen tanks allowed on board.
  • Inform the Security Personnel: Inform the security personnel at the airport about your oxygen tank during the screening process. They may require additional screening or verification.
It is crucial to check with your airline in advance to understand their specific policies and procedures for traveling with an oxygen tank. They can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information and guidance based on your situation.
Justin LaClair
Justin LaClair

Justin has been working with OxygenPlus since their storefront start in 1993. In 2002 he earned the title of CEO and has been operating OxygenPlus ever since. Most of the time if you call, Justin will answer the phone. He tries to be extremely hands on with most every transaction that takes place. Raised with a very high quality standard, any work must meet his satisfaction before it is approved. He is a classic car enthusiast, loves traveling either for work or pleasure, and is a renewable energy advocate. As of 2015, he saw to it that his personal home, and OxygenPlus Medical run 100% off of solar power.

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