Airline Travel

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations allow passengers to use three different types of portable oxygen concentrators on board commercial aircraft. Check with each airline to determine, which system they allow.

  • Ensure you notify the airline when booking your flight that you are on oxygen and may require oxygen during the flight. Each airline will have specific information they require prior to travel.
  • Most airlines will allow portable oxygen concentrators on board while others will require you use their oxygen systems – there will likely be charges attached to using airline oxygen.
  • If travelling with portable oxygen concentrators ensure you have extra batteries for your flight. Some airlines may have outlets at your seat that allow you to plug in your unit but many will not.
  • Fly non-stop if possible. This eliminates the hassle of arranging oxygen deliveries to the airport which results in extra charges.
  • Notify the airline of any other special needs prior to travel (wheelchair, motorized carts etc.).
  • Reconfirm your travel plans with the airline at least 72 hours in advance.

Important Information Regarding Security Screening of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC’s)

According to Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Homeland Screening, POC’s have been and still are allowed through security checkpoints once they have been screened.

Other disability and medically related items permitted beyond the checkpoint include, but are not limited to wheelchairs, scooters, medications and associated supplies and CPAP units.

  • Plan to arrive 2-3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
  • Follow all published rules regarding carry on items and medications.
  • Bring documentation on medications, devices, medical condition where possible. This is not a requirement and will not exempt a passenger from the screening process.
  • Pack medications in a clear bag separate from other carry on items/bags.
  • Ensure medically prescribed medication bottles (name on bottle) matches your ticket.
  • Exercise patience with lines, delays, and stringent screening procedures.
Airline Approvals ( 17 kb pdf)