Any airline passenger requiring medical oxygen has a long list of approved portable oxygen concentrators (POC) models and brands that they can now choose from. Effective as of Feb 3rd, 2014 there are even more approved portable oxygen concentrators approved for airline travel.
PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS MODELS APPROVED
Now other brands of portable oxygen concentrators may be carried in the cabin, but the batteries have to be removed. Also new portable oxygen concentrators are being approved each year, so it is always best to contact the airlines before purchasing tickets.
WHY IS APPROVAL NEEDED?
It came to be from the “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel” ruling. This ruling allowed the use of respiratory assisting devices on airlines. These concentrators provide oxygen at greater than 90% concentrators to the people that need them. They do not use compressed or liquid oxygen. The government classifies those two things as hazardous materials and will not allow them on board an aircraft. Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) do not actually contain or generate oxygen, they concentrate it Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) do not actually contain or generate oxygen, they concentrate it from the ambient air.from the ambient air. DOT (Department of Transportation) now requires US airlines and foreign airlines that are flying into the United States to allow passengers to use and travel with portable oxygen concentrators.
Whichever oxygen concentrator you are traveling with is required to display a manufacturer's label indicating they meet FAA requirements. Now DOT does encourage that airlines still allow you to travel even if it’s not labeled with the FAA requirements, but it’s recommended to speak with the airlines before attempting to travel that way.
BEFORE YOU CHOOSE AN AIRLINES
PHYSICIAN INFORMATION / DOCTOR’S STATEMENT
LINKS TO TOP AIRLINE PHYSICIAN STATEMENTS
BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT
DURING YOUR FLIGHT
AFTER YOUR FLIGHT
If you would like more information about the Department of Transportation with regards to portable oxygen concentrators,here is a link to the official statement. If you have questions about these portable oxygen concentrators please call us at 540-297-3257.