Traveling with Oxygen

The LifeChoice Activox 4L Portable Oxygen Concentrator is FAA-approved for airline travel.

  1. Patients should contact all airlines they will be traveling on well in advance of their departure to inform them of their intended use of the FAA-approved LifeChoice Activox 4L portable oxygen concentrator during the flight. Patients should ask what documentation they are required to have to use their device on-board and if there are any additional stipulation or regulations.
  2. Patients should verify their LifeChoice Activox 4L Portable Oxygen Concentrator has the required FAA label on the bottom of the device.
  3. Patients are recommended to check airline requirements to ensure they have sufficient battery time. Batteries should be checked to ensure they are in proper working condition and charged before the trip. Spare batteries should be brought if necessary. They should check and charge the batteries before their trip and carry on spares if required.
  4. Patients should ensure they are comfortable with the operation of their portable oxygen concentrator and clearly understand how to manage the device and troubleshoot alarms and messages. It is advised that they bring a copy of their owner's manual while traveling.
  5. At the airport, patients should make sure to tell their gate agent that they will be using a portable oxygen concentrator on the aircraft.
  6. Note: Portable oxygen concentrators and spare lithium batteries must be in carry-on luggage and are not permitted in checked baggage.

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. Patients will need to ask the airline for their specific airline form. If no form is available from their airline, patients can download the Inova Labs Physician Statement.

Patients should visit their airline’s website for additional information on traveling with portable oxygen concentrators. View the airline’s oxygen policies for documentation showing POCs they have approved for in-flight use. Patients should be advised that these tips may not be the only information required by their airline. Patients should contact their airline well in advance of travel to ensure they are prepared and approved for flight with their portable oxygen concentrator.

Air Travel Resources

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.

(800) 778-4838 (9:00 AM – 5 PM Eastern, Monday through Friday)