Are all airlines going to be required to allow FAA-approved personal oxygen concentrators on aircraft? I read somewhere that it was going to be made mandatory in 2009. If this is correct, when will the new law take effect?
–Alexis, Aurora, Colo.
Yes, Alexis, you heard correctly. As of summer 2009, all American airlines, and foreign airlines whose flights end in or depart from the United States, will be required to allow FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrators onboard.
There are now a number of POCs that have been approved by the FAA, according to the National Home Oxygen Patient's Association, including Inogen One, AirSep Lifestyle, AirSep Freestyle, SeQual Eclipse, and Respironics EverGo.
Remember, if you are traveling with an approved POC, that will need to be identified on the POC itself. And you must carry your prescription for oxygen with you when traveling. Some airlines also have specific forms they require you to fill out before you board, so be sure to contact your airline at least 48 hours prior to departure to let them know about your situation.