Ready for takeoff!


Ensure your portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is FAA-approved for your commercial flight. The majority of POCs are approved, but it is best to double-check that your specific unit is on the approved list.


Before you book your trip:


• Provide advance notice 48 hours to one week before boarding.

• A prescription is required, and must include quantity of oxygen and flow rate. Most require flow rate adjusted for the particular cabin pressure used by that airline.

• A physician’s release is required, and should include diagnosis and release with approval for air travel. Special forms may be necessary. Have several copies of completed forms with you. It is very important to consult with your physician prior to your trip to ensure the high altitude will not have a negative effect on you.

• Some airlines require patients to be accompanied by a friend or relative.

• It is likely that you may have to purchase additional batteries to ensure you have ample power during your trip. You should have enough power for [minimally] 150% of the duration of your flight. Don’t forget to include the time waiting to board and the time needed to get to the next available power source.

• Consider obtaining any accessories that may make your travel more comfortable.

On the day of departure:

• Ensure you pack extra batteries and power cords in an easily accessible place.

• Arrive early at the airport terminal so that you have ample time to get through security.

• Have your prescription with you.


Bon voyage!


Before you book your trip:


• Talk to your physician or healthcare provider about your upcoming trip.

• Alert the cruise ship carrier that you are traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator.

On the day of departure:

• Ensure you pack extra batteries and power cords in an easily accessible place.

• Arrive early at the seaport so that you have ample time to get through security.

• Have your prescription with you.

When onboard, your portable oxygen concentrator will be used just as if you were at home. Enjoy your trip! Bon voyage!


All aboard!


Amtrak requests that people planning to travel with oxygen equipment notify them at least 12 hours in advance; you should also make them aware of your oxygen equipment at the time of your reservation. This permits Amtrak to make any required special arrangements. For more information on rail travel, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).


Get ready to explore!

Portable oxygen concentrators are perfect for bus travel. To prepare for your Greyhound bus travel, call 1-800-755-2357.

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