Altitude and oxygen aren’t meant to go hand in hand. If you’re oxygen dependent, use a portable oxygen concentrator and planning a vacation you should always check with your airline, before flying, that they allow use of a portable oxygen machine in the air. To make this easy for you we’ve compiled a list of every airline that allows you to use your portable oxygen machine and have provided a link to their policy page. So if you’ve ever asked ‘does my airline allow me to use my portable oxygen machine?’ we’ll have the answer for you.
A reminder that if you are traveling long haul we recommend you request a seat with access to power. Many portable oxygen concentrator batteries will last up to 9 hours, but if your flight is longer you may need to pack a spare battery or have access to power.
List of Airlines that Allow Portable Oxygen.[dt_sc_one_third][dt_sc_fancy_ul style=”rounded-arrow” variation=”green”]
- Aegean Airlines
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air France
- Air Iceland
- Air New Zealand
- Air Malta
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Airtran Airways
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
- Allegiant Air
- American Airlines
- Avianca Airlines
- British Airways
- China Southern Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japanese Airlines
- Jet Blue
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Sun Country
- Swiss Air Lines
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
- WestJet Airlines
The airlines included in this list have a clear Portable Oxygen Concentrator policy located on their website. Airlines that do not have simple and easy access to this information have been excluded.[dt_sc_hr_medium]
We’ll keep checking and updating this list as more airlines make it easy for you to travel with your portable oxygen concentrator. Many of the airlines we surveyed allowed the use of the following portable oxygen concentrators.
Flight Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators.[dt_sc_one_third][dt_sc_fancy_ul style=”rounded-arrow” variation=”green”]
- AirSep FreeStyle
- AirSep FOCUS
- Devilbiss IGo
- Delphi Medical Systems’ RS-00400
- Oxlife Independence
- Philips Respironics Simply Go
- Repironics EverGo
- SeQual Eclipse
We love the fact that traveling has been made so easy in the last 15 years with the advent of portable oxygen technology. To make sure you you have a fantastic and trouble-free vacation always check with your airline to make sure they will permit the use of your Inogen One. Some airlines may not permit the use of portable oxygen concentrators like the Inogen One onboard their aircraft. You may also contact Oxygen Solutions on 1800 008 267 for assistance.[dt_sc_hr_medium]
Remember to obtain a signed statement from your physician that includes:
- Your ability to see/hear alarms and respond appropriately.
- When oxygen use is necessary (for example for all or just a portion of the journey).
- Maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions.
- When flying with the Inogen One you must inform the airline in advance that you will be using your Inogen One on-board the aircraft.
- Some airlines may equip their aircraft with onboard electrical power. You may have an opportunity to request a seat with a power port which can be used to power your Inogen One. However, availability varies by airline, type of aircraft and class of service. You should check with the airline for availability and always plan on having sufficient battery power for the duration of your flight, plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays.
- Because aircraft use different power port configurations, your Mobile Power Charger might includes two DC power adapters (like those on the Inogen). Since it is difficult to determine which type of power supply your aircraft will have, it’s a good idea to keep both adapters available when flying.
If you will be using your portable oxygen concentrator during the flight, you may not sit in an emergency exit row or in a seat that restricts other passengers’ access to an emergency exit or aisle of the passenger compartment.
Before Your Flight.
Here are some things to keep in mind the day your flight departs:
- Ensure your Inogen One is clean, in good condition and free from damage or other signs of excessive wear or abuse.
- Bring enough fully charged batteries with you to power your portable oxygen concentrator for the duration of the flight plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays. Contact your equipment provider to obtain additional POC Batteries as needed.
- Regional/Commuter airlines do not often offer on-board electrical power. If your travel plans call for flights on regional airlines, you will need sufficient battery power for the duration of the flight, plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays.
- Arrive at the airport early. Airport security screening personnel may require extra time to inspect your POC.
- While waiting to board your flight, you may be able to conserve battery power by using the AC Power Supply to power your POC from an electrical outlet in the airport terminal.
- You must inform the airline you will be using your portable oxygen device. Have your physician letter with you and ready for inspection if requested.
During Your Flight.
- When you find your seat, locate the power port, if available. If your seat does not have a power port or if you have difficulty plugging in your Mobile Power Charger, ask a flight attendant for assistance.
- With some POCs you may need to remove the battery from the concentrator when operating on an aircraft power port. Please refer to your user guide.
- During taxi, takeoff and landing, stow your POC under the seat in front of you. The Inogen One will fit upright under most airline seats. However, if it doesn’t fit you may turn it on its side.
- It is not necessary to turn off your portable oxygen machine during taxi, takeoff and landing if your physician’s written statement requires you receive oxygen during these periods.
- When you are traveling with the Inogen One and are not planning on using it during the flight, remove the battery from the concentrator.
After Your Flight.
- Remember to recharge additional batteries you may have used prior to your next flight.
- Arrange for the delivery or pick up of your backup oxygen supply.
- Have Fun and enjoy your independence.