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The LifeChoice and LifeChoice Activox Portable Oxygen Concentrators have been FAA-approved for airline travel. The information below will help you prepare for your upcoming trip.
Be aware that the tips below may not be the only information required by your airline. Visit your airline’s website for additional information on traveling with oxygen concentrators and print out the airline’s oxygen policies for documentation showing POC’s they have approved for in-flight use.
1. Contact your airline well in advance of your trip to inform them that you will be using an FAA-approved Inova Labs LifeChoice or LifeChoice Activox Portable Oxygen Concentrator during the flight. Ask what documentation they require you to have on hand when you arrive at the airport.
2. Verify your LifeChoice or LifeChoice Activox Portable Oxygen Concentrator has the required FAA label on the bottom of the device.
3. When you are ready to make your reservation, make sure you tell the agent that you will be using an oxygen concentrator on the aircraft.
4. Check airline requirements to ensure you have sufficient battery time. Check and charge the batteries before your trip and carry on spares if required.
5. Get familiar with and understand how your device works, troubleshooting, alarms, etc. The user is the best one to know how to solve a problem as opposed to the Flight Attendants.
6. The FAA requires passengers traveling with portable oxygen concentrators to carry a statement from their physician specifying their medical need for oxygen and prescribed flow rate. Click here to download a Physician Statement template.
Have your doctor fill out the form and bring it with you to the airport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has established a toll-free hotline to provide general information to consumers about the rights of air travelers with disabilities and respond to requests for printed consumer information as well as assist air travelers with time-sensitive, disability-related issues.
1-800-778-4838 (7:00 AM – 11 PM Eastern, 7 days a week)
The latest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) information regarding Safe Travel with Batteries and Devices can be found here.