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FAA Oxygen Rules & Regulations For Airlines

Invacare XPO2 and Airsep OxygenWhich Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) is approved for Airline Travel and what are the oxygen policies for airlines?

FAA Regulations forbid the carriage of other personal oxygen units, including units which contain compressed or liquid oxygen. Compressed and liquid oxygen are classified as Hazardous Materials.

Non-approved POC brands and models that do not contain compressed or liquid oxygen may be carried in the cabin if they meet United’s carry-on size and weight requirements. Alternatively, they may be transported as checked baggage.

POCs (Portable Oxygen Concentrators) are considered assistive devices and do not count toward carry-on limits, whether or not they are used on board. They must be able to fit underneath the seat or in an overhead compartment.

Effective May 13th of 2009 every US air carrier must permit the use of approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) devices on all domestic and international flights. This is also true for foreign carriers but only on flights departing or returning to US soil.

As of May 2009, a new ruling was instituted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requiring airlines to accept certain approved portable oxygen concentrators (POC’s) aboard flights. This rule will apply to U.S. air carriers worldwide and to foreign air carriers whose flights begin or end in the U.S. The Department of Transportation has not yet decided whether to require airlines to provide free in-flight medical oxygen to passengers.

Always check with your airline when booking travel to understand how and when these rules are being implemented. The Airline Oxygen Council of American web site ( lists various airlines’ policies regarding in-flight oxygen use and equipment.oxygen regulations pic

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Communicate with your Airline about the use of POC’s.

According to the DOT ruling, passengers are expected to inform the air carrier about the intended use of POC’s on board while making the flight reservation. Airlines in return are required to give passengers who declare their intention to use a POC aboard the following information:

1. Any requirements for advance check-in. Airlines may require travelers to notify the airline up to 48 hours in advance if the traveler wishes to use a device.
2. Any weight or size limits for devices to ensure they can be accommodated in the aircraft cabin.
3. Any labeling requirements to permit use on board. (In the future the FAA may require device manufacturers to label devices if they are FAA approved.)
4. Airlines may also require one hour advance check-in for flights. However, airlines may not deny boarding on a connecting flight because of this additional hour requirement.
5. Any requirements about contacting the airline regarding the maximum flight duration and battery capacity requirements.

6. The airline may require travelers to provide a statement from a physician stating that the passenger requires the use of a POC.
7. In the event the travel has connecting or codesharing flights, airlines must also inform travelers of any requirements of the other airlines or direct the passenger to contact that airline directly.

The new DOT regulation contains specific directions in regards to batteries that are needed for POCs.

1. The airlines may require travelers to carry enough fully charged batteries required to operate their POC for at least 150 percent of the expected maximum flight duration. This includes the total duration of the flight from arrival at the gate including any possible delays that may occur during a flight.
2. If oxygen is provided by the air carrier the passenger is not required to carry batteries.
3. Boarding may be denied by the airline if the passenger does not carry enough, properly packed batteries. The airline must provide a written statement on why the airline refused to provide transportation within 10 days of the incident.
4. Airlines are not required to provide priority seating nor are they obliged to provide an opportunity for passengers to plug in their device. The DOT, however, encourages airlines to permit passengers to plug in their devices.

POC’s approved by the FAA - As of 1/1/12

LifeChoice Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Sequal Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Develbiss IGO Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Invacare XPo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Inogen One Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Inogen One G2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Delphi Central Air Portable Oxygen Concentrator
AirSep FreeStyle Portable Oxygen Concentrator
AirSep LifeStyle Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Delphi Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Oxilife Portable Oxygen Concentrator

oxygen regulations pic, docket number DOT-OST-2004-19482-1300 page 27629

Department of Transportation

Federal Aviation Association

American Lung Association

Alpha-1 Foundation

Airline Oxygen Council of America

American Association for Respiratory Care

National Home Oxygen Patients Association

Major Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines 866-299-5698
Celebrity Cruise Lines 800-647-2251
Costa Cruise Line 800-445-8020 ex 5009
Crystal Cruise Line 800-804-1500
Cunard Cruise Line  800-728-6273
Disney Cruise Line 800-951-3532
Holland America  877-724-5425
Norwegian Cruise Line   
Princess Cruise Line  800-774-6237
Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line  877-505-5370
Royal Caribbean  888-562-7625
Windstar Cruise Line 800-258-7245


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Mrs. Donita Hawkins

I liked the Eclipse because I just wanted to make sure that I could switch over to the continuous setting if I needed to.  It was approved by my airline and I didn't mind pulling it with the wheels. My physician also wanted me to have the continuous setting while I was sleeping.  I use it all the time and great information from this dealer.  Highly recommend!!!

oxygen regulations picMr Edward Conarck

My review is very good for this vendor.  They treated me very well and were very helpful in giving me the options of each machine.  As for the oxygen machine that I can take with me, I chose the Invacare XPO2 because I could carry it on my shoulder and with the extra battery I could go to the lodge meetings again and not worry about pulling a machine around or running out of oxygen like with my tanks.

Mrs Julia F. Chilfriedly

Vienna Medical is great!  The best prices anywhere and what great customer service.  Barbara is a god send.  Bless you. 

For me the Inogen was the right choice.  The pulse output was good enough, so my doctor said, and I could fly almost any airline to see my family in Florida.  It is still pretty light and the weight is fine.  It also last pretty long with the extra battery. I am on 2 leaders and living life with COPD.  Thanks again guys!

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Thank you so much for helping me see my grandkids.  I can travel without hesitation and trust my new Airsep machine.  I will recommend you and the Airsep to everyone.  You had the best price and the best service I could find!  You have no idea how much this has changed my life.  Thank you, thank you, thank you,

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Airline Consent Forms


Inogen One approved airlines

Avianca Airlines oxygen                     Horizon Air oxygen
Air France oxygen                               Icelandair oxygen
Alaska Airlines oxygen                       Lufthansa oxygen
Allegiant Air oxygen                            Mango oxygen
All Nippon Airways oxygen                Midwest Airlines oxygen
Aloha Airlines oxygen                        Northwest Airlines oxygen
America West oxygen                        Qantas oxygen
American Airlines oxygen                 SAS Airlines oxygen
ATA Airlines oxygen                           Singapore Airlines oxygen  
Continental Airlines oxygen               South African Airways oxygen
Delta oxygen                                         Southwest oxygen
ExpressJet Airlines oxygen                Sun Country oxygen
Frontier oxygen                                    US Airways oxygen
Hawaiian Airlines oxygen                   WestJet Airlines oxygen



Currently, the following airlines allow the use of the Eclipse onboard their  aircraft:

  • Eclipse will fit under the seat in front of you. Your Eclipse will fit under any commercial airline seat.
  • It is not necessary to turn off your Eclipse during taxi, takeoff and landing if your physician's written statement requires you receive oxygen during these periods
Planning Your Flight - You must obtain a signed statement from your physician that includes:
  • Your ability to see/hear alarms and respond appropriately
  • When oxygen use is necessary (all or a portion of the trip)
  • Maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions

APPROVED ECLIPSE AIRLINES - click on your airline to confirm information.




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Almost all of them - list to be produced soon. Check with your airline

Please check with each airlines' own web site, as well as their medical oxygen desk, for up-to-date information on the airlines' specific oxygen passenger requirements.



Air Travel with EverGo

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Respironics EverGo portable oxygen concentrator for use aboard commercial airline flights. Because airline policies for traveling with an oxygen concentrator vary, patients need to check with their airlines before flying with EverGo.

EverGo is now approved for use on the following airlines:


Air Berlin
Air Canada
Air France
Air Iceland
AirTran Airways
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
American Eagle (American Airlines)
ASA - Atlantic Southeast (Delta)
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Champion Air (NWA)
Chautauqua Airlines (Delta)
Colgan Air (Continental)
Comair (Delta)
Commut Air (Continental)
Continental Express (Continental)
Continental Micronesia (Continental)
Express Jet
Freedom Airlines (Delta)
Gulfstream International (Continental)
Iceland Air
Mesaba Airlines (NWA)
Midwest Connect
Northwest Airlines
Pinnacle Airlines (Delta)
Sinapore Air
Sun Country
SAS Airlines
Shuttle America (Delta)
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic
West Jet

Check back on this web page as the list of commercial airlines permitting EverGo portable oxygen concentrator continues to grow. 

Flying with Oxygen
Flying with supplemental oxygen equipment such as Respironics EverGo requires advance planning. You should check with your airline for their guidelines prior to your trip. For example, most airlines require patients to carry a prescription and a written statement from a physician allowing you to fly. Other guidelines may include:

  • Confirming travel arrangements with the airline 48 hours in advance

  • The ability to hear the portable oxygen concentrator alarms and see the alarm light indicators, to take the appropriate action in response to these warnings, or travel with a companion capable of doing so

  • Notifying the airline upon check-in, and the flight attendant upon boarding, that you plan on using a portable oxygen concentrator onboard the airplane

Many airlines have special assistance coordinators to help you through the process.

Other Air Travel Tips

  • Ask for an aisle seat near the restroom.

  • Drink fluids but avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks; they will make you feel bloated.

  • Be familiar with the latest airport security screening policies and plan for extra time for inspection of your EverGo.

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