Traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Posted on 06th , April 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration (or FAA) allows passengers to bring portable oxygen concentrators onto airplanes provided the oxygen concentrators are FFA approved. Since oxygen is considered as hazardous substance, airlines did not allow passengers to carry them. But on May 13, 2009 the department of transportation issued a ruling named "non discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel" which prohibits airline companies from stopping passengers to board a plane with a respiratory assistance device like oxygen concentrator.
The Air Carrier Access act of 1986 prohibits airline companies from discriminating against a passenger on the basis of his/her disability. However airlines can still refuse the entry of a disabled person on safety grounds. In that case they must provide a written explanation to the person. If a disabled person requires special accommodation on flight then he/she should notify the airline company up to 48 hrs in advance so that they can plan ahead and make necessary preparations like providing assistance at the airport.
You can buy one of the following portable oxygen concentrators to carry with you on a flight:
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Author: Cascade Healthcare