Traveling with Oxygen

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

  1. Contact your airline well in advance of your trip to inform them that you will be using an FAA-approved LifeChoice Activox 4L Portable Oxygen Concentrator during the flight. Be sure to discuss and understand what documentation is required for use of your portable oxygen concentrator on-board the aircraft.
  2. Verify your LifeChoice Activox 4L Portable Oxygen Concentrator has the required FAA label on the bottom of the device.
  3. Check airline requirements to ensure you have sufficient battery time. Check and charge the batteries before your trip and carry on spares if required.
  4. Ensure that you are comfortable with the operation of your portable oxygen concentrator and clearly understand how to manage the device and troubleshoot alarms and messages. It is advised that you bring a copy of your owner’s manual while traveling.
  5. At the airport, make sure you tell airline personnel (gate agent, flight attendant, etc.) that you will be using a portable oxygen concentrator on the aircraft.
  6. Note: Portable oxygen concentrators and spare lithium batteries must be in your carry-on luggage and are not permitted in your 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. Ask the airline for their specific airline form. If no form is available from your airline, you can download the Inova Labs Physician Statement.

Visit your 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. Be advised that these tips may not be the only information required by your airline. Please contact your airline well in advance of travel to ensure you are prepared and approved for flight with your 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)