Can i take oxygen on a plane?
Air carriers conducting passenger service must permit someone with a disability to use an FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on all flights (on aircraft originally designed to have a maximum passenger capacity of more than 19 seats).
The device must meet applicable FAA requirements for medical portable electronic devices (M-PED) and display a manufacturer’s label that indicates the device meets those FAA requirements.
Rules about liquid and compressed oxygen
Liquid oxygen is prohibited for use on commercial airlines; the only aircraft permitted to carry or utilize liquid oxygen are helicopters serving as air ambulances
• Improper transport of either liquid or compressed oxygen can present significant safety risks resulting in operators being liable for large civil penalties
There are guidelines about which portable oxygen containers are permitted onto flights.
Obtain a letter from your physician, stating that you require a supplemental oxygen prescription, and ask for an additional copy to keep with your records.
Contact the airline to inform them that you’ll be needing supplemental oxygen during the flight. That way they can check to see if your model of supplemental oxygen container is approved by the airline and FAA.
Make sure to bring an ample amount of batteries or charged power supplies to keep your supplemental oxygen powered. The FAA requires that the charge should be able to last 150 percent the length of the trip.
Get to the airport as early as possible and inform the ticket agent that you’ll be traveling with supplemental oxygen.
During the security screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), inform them that you are unable to be disconnected from supplemental oxygen and ask for an alternative screening process.
The only approved oxygen device allowed on-board flights is a portable oxygen concentrator (POC), a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-carry variation of a home oxygen concentrator. No other personal oxygen systems can be used on board, and filled oxygen tanks (liquid or compressed gas) cannot be brought on board—or even checked as baggage—on any airline. Some airlines may allow empty oxygen equipment to be stowed in baggage, but it must be verified as empty, and the regulator must be removed. Check with your airline ahead of time to see if it allows empty tanks to be checked.
Can i fly with oxygen?
Patients for Whom Air Travel Is Contraindicated
Certain patients with pulmonary disease should be instructed not to fly.
These include patients who pose risk to others such as those with active infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis or influenza), or those in whom air travel would pose a risk to themselves: hemoptysis, unresolved pneumothorax, and a sea-level supplemental oxygen requirement in excess of 4 L/minute.
Additional Considerations When Evaluating Patients for Air Travel
It is important to highlight the following points in assessing patients for air travel:
1. Even at 35,000 feet, different types of commercial aircraft will have widely differing cabin altitudes, ranging from an equivalent of approximately 5,400 to 8,000 feet. In addition, commercial aircraft may also vary their cruising altitude several times during the flight, which in turn can alter cabin pressure.
2. Respiratory symptoms may occur even despite having a preflight assessment. One study found 18% of patients with COPD developed respiratory symptoms despite having a preflight evaluation.
3.Flight duration is another important factor to consider. Longer flight durations are associated with increased symptoms, particularly when lasting over 3 hours.
4.The levels of activity of the patient during the flight should also be considered. Patients with COPD, restrictive lung disease, and cystic fibrosis demonstrate significant worsening of hypoxemia at simulated altitude with a workload equivalent to that of walking around the aircraft cabin.