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Travel Regulations and Policies for Oxygen Concentrators

 
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The portable oxygen concentrator or POCis a relatively new product incorporating all the best technologies of the PSA home oxygen concentrator with the latest advancements in rechargeable lithium ion battery technology. POC such as the Inogen One, Respironics EverGo, and SeQual Eclipse 3 all use the lithium rechargeable batteries to allow oxygen patients to gain unprecedented freedom. With the acceptance of the Inogen One, Respironics EverGo and SeQual Eclipse 3 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), oxygen patients are able to more easily fly anywhere.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a number of oxygen concentrators for use on board commercial aircraft. FAA approval is not the same as airline approval. Individual airline polices vary and you, the traveler, needs to check with your specific airline regarding which model of travel oxygen concentrator they are willing to allow onboard. Additionally, airlines are requiring oxygen patients to carry extra batteries for their travel oxygen concentrators. Again, check with your airline.

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Southwest Airline's travel oxygen and POC policy:

http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/unique-travel-needs/customers-with-disabilities-pol.html

Southwest Airlines requires a Physician Consent Form for POC use. The following statement was taken directly from the Southwest Airlines oxygen policy: The Customer must have a letter from his/her physician on letterhead with an issue-date of no more than one year prior to flight departure date. You may have your physician draft his/her own letter or have your physician select the link and print and fill out our Physician Consent Template. (This document will only be accepted if it is printed on the physician's letterhead.)

Click here for Southwest Airlines Physician Consent Form:
http://www.southwest.com/assets/pdfs/customer_service/physician_consent.pdf


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United Airline's travel oxygen and POC policy:

http://www.united.com/web/en-us/content/travel/specialneeds/disabilities/customer_oxygen.aspx

The following statements were taken directly from the United website. Anyone intending to use a POC onboard the aircraft must notify United of his or her planned POC use by calling 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) at least 48 hours prior to the day of travel. Customers wishing to use POCs onboard will be required to have a signed physician's statement, dated within ten (10) days of the scheduled departure of the initial outbound flight, and must be prepared to show the statement to United personnel upon request on the day of travel. Click Here for the Physician's Consent Form http://www.united.com/web/format/pdf/travel/specialneeds/disabilities/UnitedAirlines_O2RequestForm_030312.pdf
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Delta Airline's travel oxygen and POC policy:
The following statements were taken directly from the Delta website.

You can bring your own approved portable oxygen concentrator on board for use during your flight by completing the steps below:

  • Complete your travel plans and purchase your ticket.
  • At least 48 hours prior to travel, have your physician complete the http://www.delta.com/content/dam/delta-www/pdfs/physician-statement.pdf and fax it to OxygenToGo at the number listed on the statement.
  • Accept a telephone confirmation from OxygenToGo after they have received the completed physician statement.
  • Bring the completed statement from your doctor to confirm the need for oxygen during flight and the required flow rate.


Click Here for the Delta Physician Statement Form:
http://www.delta.com/content/dam/delta-www/pdfs/physician-statement.pdf

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American Airline's travel oxygen and POC policy:

Medical Oxygen

Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) approved by the FAA will only be accepted for inflight medical oxygen. A 48-hour notice is required.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)

Customers requiring the use of a POC in the cabin must provide a minimum of 48-hours advance notification to Reservations at 1-800-433-7300. Your request will be forwarded to our Special Assistance Coordinator who will contact you to verify the device and advise of medical paperwork requirements.

http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/specialAssistance/oxygen.jsp


Click here for the American Airline's Physician's Statement Form:
http://www.aa.com/content/images/travelInformation/specialAssistance/physicians-consent-form.pdf

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FAA LINKS

The following links describe the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for air carriers to allow the use of FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on board.
The FAA approved list of POC includes the Inogen One, Respironics EverGo, the SeQual Eclipse 2, and the SeQual Eclipse3.

http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/cabin_safety/portable_oxygen
http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/info/all_infos/media/2009/inFO09006.pdf