FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators

The following Portable Oxygen Concentrators, “POC'”s, are on the FAA Approved POC list in accordance with Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 106, 14 CFR Part 121:

 

Airline Portable Oxygen Travel Policies

While the FAA ruling defines which Portable Oxygen Concentrators are approved for Airline travel in the United States and Flights terminating in the United State, each airline has some latitude in what documentation is required.

Generally speaking there are some basic rules that apply for traveling with your portable oxygen concentrator by air.

Non US based Carriers will require a Medical Certificate of Fitness for Air Travel, Form MEDIF, or Medical Information Form to be filled out and presented to the airline 72 hours prior to departure.

Each Form MEDIF, though requesting the same information is specific to the carrier. Most Non US Based Carriers follow FAA guidelines as far as which Portable Oxygen Concentrators are allowed on board.  It is best to check the link below for your specific airline.

US Based Carriers will require a Portable Oxygen Concentrator Travel Document, sometimes called a Physician’s Consent Form.  Many airlines have made the document specific to their brand, while other carriers use a generic form.  The data requested on the form itself is all the same, typically require the form written on your doctor’s letterhead. Some airlines,, do not want a generic from, check the links below for carrier information.

The FAA Phsyician Travel form documents: (at a minimum)

1 The users ability to operate the Portable Oxygen Concentrator

2 The users ability to recognize and respond appropriately to the any POC alarms.

3 If the user is unable to comply with the previous requirements, a traveling companion must accompany the user who is capable of operating the portable oxgyen concentrator)

4 When the POC will be used

  • During Taxi
  • During Take-Off
  • In-Flight
  • During Landing

5 The user brings an ample supply of fully charged batteries to power the POC for the duration of the flight and ground connection time, plus an additional 50%.  

For Example, If you are traveling from Los Angeles to New York non-stop, and your ground connection and airline travel time is 6 hours total, you would want to travel with 9 hours of battery. If you were using a SeQual Eclipse 3 with on a pulse setting of 24 mL per breath, you would need 2 batteries total.

6. Additionally, the form may document that the Portable Oxygen Concentrator you are Renting is in good working order. It is alway best to rent a portable oxygen concentrator from a company that limits the amount of times a unit can be rented for a flight. GoAssured limits the number of time any portable oxygen concentrator can be rented to a maximum of 15 rentals. This avoids many of the problems associated with renting from other companies were a concentrator is rented until it does not work any more. Don’t get stuck with someone’s old rental stock.

 

Airline Travel Chart, Polices, and Forms

Airline Form Eclipse Evergo LifeChoice iGo XPO2 Solo2 OxLife
Aerolineas Argentinas MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aeromexico MEDIF Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Berlin  MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Canada MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Canada Jazz MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air France MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Iceland   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air New Zealand Form AT-9003A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AirTran Airways   Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Tahiti Nui   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Wisconsin   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alaska Air   Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alitalia   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alegiant Air  Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
All Nippon Airways   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
American Airlines – AA  Physician’s Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
American Eagle Physician’s Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Austrian   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Avianca   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
British Airways MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brussels Air  MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cathay Pacific   MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
China Airlines   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Continental    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delta    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Egypt Air   Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
El Al   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emirates Airlines   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExpressJet Airlines  Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EVA Air MEDIF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Finnair   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frontier   Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawaiian Air  Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizon Air  Airline Specific Form Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Iceland Air  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Japan Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JetBlue Air  Letterhead Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
KLM Royal Dutch   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Korean Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LAN  Form Medif Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lufthansa    Form Medif Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Northwest Airlines  Delta Specific form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Novair (Nova Airlines)   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polish Airlines LOT   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Philippine Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Qantas  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ryanair  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Saudi Arabian   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scandinavian Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Singapore Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
South African Airways  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Southwest Airlines  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spirit Airlines    Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sun Country Airlines  FAA Rules Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunwing Airlines   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SwissAir  FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
United Airlines  Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
US Air   Physicians Statement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virgin America   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virgin Atlantic   FAA Rules Apply Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Jet  Airline Specific Form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 




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