Oxygen Airline Travel Guide Checklist
1. Several weeks before your flight be sure contact the airline to obtain their policy and make arrangements for any accommodations.
A letter from your physician may be required by the airline, some medical history and a current oxygen prescription. In order to ensure a much easier transition, make sure you have all of these documents before your flight.
2. Whenever possible, Direct flights are recommended.
You will not have to board and leave from the airplane with your oxygen concentrator many times by doing this. Layovers may also add to your amount of flight time which will require you to have additional batteries.
3. While you are waiting for boarding, keep your machine charged on AC power or during any layovers.
The majority of airlines do not have the availability to charge a unit (AC or DC power) while in flight. Often times you can find an outlet to plug your oxygen unit into while you wait for your flight; Allowing you to not only run the machine without using battery life, but, at the same time, charge the battery. Ask someone at the check-in counter for assistance if you are unable to find an outlet, or if they know of an outlet permissible to use.
4. When traveling to and from the airport, use your portable oxygen concentrators DC capabilities.
You can still operate your POC without having to use the battery if you use this advice. If you are taking an Uber or getting a ride from a friend, ask them permission to plug your POC into their DC outlet (cigarette lighter). Reminder: some of the units do have restrictions when using DC power. Reference your owner’s manual or give us a call with any questions.
5. If possible,Use pulse dose.
While resting or sitting, it is wise to use a pulse dose setting if you can. By using a pulse dose setting over continuous flow, many of the machines we carry have increased battery duration.
6. So that you can keep track of your oxygen levels, make sure that you always have a pulse oximeter with you.
Increased activity, differences in altitude, and other conditions can all affect your oxygen saturation. While traveling, It’s very important that you know what your oxygen levels are.
7. So you can store your POC properly without having to move around other passengers, it is a good idea to board the plane first.
While sometimes other accommodations must be made, many of the units we carryslide easily underneath the seat in front of you. Simply let the airline employees at the check-in counter know that you are boarding with a portable oxygen concentrator. Often times airlines allow people with special accommodations to board before the rest of the passengers.
8. A requirement of the FAA guidelines is that you have enough battery life to power your Machine for at least 150% of your flight time.
(For example, for a 5 hour flight, you would need 7.5 hours of battery time). Contact your airline for additional battery requirements.