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Traveling with oxygen

Traveling with oxygen


Our portable oxygen concentrator, ResMed Mobi™, makes it easy for real-world travel. Lightweight and with long-lasting batteries, Mobi is FAA-approved for flight.

To help you prepare for your next airline trip, take a look at our recommendations for traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator:

  1. Contact your airline well in advance of your trip to inform them that you will be using a 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 portable oxygen concentrator is FAA-approved. (See below on the bottom of the device.)
  3. Check your travel itinerary and airline requirements to ensure you have sufficient battery life for your trip. Check and charge the batteries before your trip and carry 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.

Passengers traveling with portable oxygen concentrators should 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 a physician statement.

Visit your airline’s website for additional information on traveling with portable oxygen concentrators.

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. They also respond to requests for printed consumer information as well as assist air travelers with time-sensitive, disability-related issues. Call (800) 778-4838 (9:00 am – 5 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday).