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Flying with your new XPO2 Portable Concentrator


Invacare Model #XPO100 XPO2 Portable Concentrator

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the XPO2 Portable Concentrator for use onboard commercial aircraft, making traveling with your XPO2 easy! There are two main steps that you need to do before travelling.

The first step is to notify your airline and/or travel carrier and provide them information about your intent to use a portable concentrator during your travels. The travel carrier or airline may have specific rules, so be sure to ask them about how they would like you to take your XPO2 with you. The second step is you need to have a licensed physician's signed statement with you at all times during your trip. The statement can be on a standard form, the doctor's letterhead, or an airline approved form. The form needs to specify at what times during the flight process that you will need oxygen, the flow rate you will use, that you understand what to do if there is an alarm situation with the device, and your personal information that includes: name, date of birth, and the model name or number of the XPO2.

Be sure to explain at the check-in counter that you will be travelling with a portable concentrator and allow them as well as security to inspect the device. When boarding the plane, you will need to show the pilot and, if requested, the flight crew the signed physician's statement regarding the use of your XPO2 so that they know the information about your flow rates and times when you will be using the device. Please remember that you are not permitted to sit in an exit row if you plan to use the XPO2 at any time during the flight. Please also remember to charge your XPO2 before getting on the plane and when you get off of the plane so that it has enough battery life for use during the flight and when leaving the airport.

You can learn more about flying with your XPO2 on Invacare's Website.

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Author: Cascade Healthcare