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Traveling and flying with oxygen

Posted by @steve1948, Feb 24, 2017

I saw a post on someone flying with oxygen, through a little surfing took me to this site

http://www.aeromedic.com/news/uncategorized/3-steps-fly-portable-oxygen-concentrator/

so it looks like tanks are out of the question, and ONLY concentrators are allowed. There’s a little preparing to do before you fly, so I’d suggest you start early. Just thought you’d like to know.

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Thanks for doing the research Steve. I’m tagging @windwalker @jentaylor @tula @jelrog @allisonsnow @peggyj4411 as they appreciate the information about flying with oxygen or have more to add.

I wish to learn about anything that relieves IPF . Please include me on your contact list.

Some people in this discussion group have stated “going to the Mayo Clinic” How did you travel there from your home? Drive? If flying, did you fly with portable oxygen? I live alone and wish to see some family and friends in other states before I’m too weak to travel, but I don’t know how. I will also need oxygen where I am staying. I would appreciate any tips you wish to share. Thanks.

Good question about traveling with oxygen, @cognac. I moved your message to an existing conversation on the same topic. If you scroll through the discussion, you’ll see that Steve posted a link with useful information.
I’m also tagging fellow Lung Health members @annabeyta @windwalker @dogwood928 @oliver22 and @loisblo to bring them into the discussion about flying, driving with oxygen and staying in supply when you arrive at your destination.

@colleenyoung

Good question about traveling with oxygen, @cognac. I moved your message to an existing conversation on the same topic. If you scroll through the discussion, you’ll see that Steve posted a link with useful information.
I’m also tagging fellow Lung Health members @annabeyta @windwalker @dogwood928 @oliver22 and @loisblo to bring them into the discussion about flying, driving with oxygen and staying in supply when you arrive at your destination.

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Call your oxygen provider and make all arrangements. You must rent a portable concentrator and enough batteries to last through the flight and until you reach your destination. They should be able to contact the oxygen provider where you will be staying and arrange oxygen delivery or pick-up. This has to be done at least 2 weeks in advance, because the portable concentrator has to be ordered. I hope this helps…safe and happy travels!

Thank you.

@colleenyoung

Good question about traveling with oxygen, @cognac. I moved your message to an existing conversation on the same topic. If you scroll through the discussion, you’ll see that Steve posted a link with useful information.
I’m also tagging fellow Lung Health members @annabeyta @windwalker @dogwood928 @oliver22 and @loisblo to bring them into the discussion about flying, driving with oxygen and staying in supply when you arrive at your destination.

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Thank you for your help.

@cognac

Some people in this discussion group have stated “going to the Mayo Clinic” How did you travel there from your home? Drive? If flying, did you fly with portable oxygen? I live alone and wish to see some family and friends in other states before I’m too weak to travel, but I don’t know how. I will also need oxygen where I am staying. I would appreciate any tips you wish to share. Thanks.

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@cognac, Hello. It is important that when you fly with your oxygen, (it cannot be the tanks) have all paperworl with you including a doctor’s note stating that you need to fly with oxygen including how many liters. Always request a wheelchair whether you feel lile you need it or not. It will get you straight through the screening without any hassels. Once through the screening, you can ditch the wheelchair.

@cognac

Some people in this discussion group have stated “going to the Mayo Clinic” How did you travel there from your home? Drive? If flying, did you fly with portable oxygen? I live alone and wish to see some family and friends in other states before I’m too weak to travel, but I don’t know how. I will also need oxygen where I am staying. I would appreciate any tips you wish to share. Thanks.

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Thanks, Terri, for your support. But other than the letter from my doctor, what is the “all paperwork” to which you refer?

Steve1948, thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for the link. Take care, Cognac

@cognac

Some people in this discussion group have stated “going to the Mayo Clinic” How did you travel there from your home? Drive? If flying, did you fly with portable oxygen? I live alone and wish to see some family and friends in other states before I’m too weak to travel, but I don’t know how. I will also need oxygen where I am staying. I would appreciate any tips you wish to share. Thanks.

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@cognac , you will have to go on the airline’s site and read what their requirements are. They all differ. One airline I flew on wanted info on my POC (personal oxygen concentrator). I will say that no airline ever asked to SEE any of the paperwork or check to see if I had enough battery power with me. But, you risk that one time they will ask. Now, to get back to the importance of using a wheelchair….. I got detained and missed a flight because I did not use a wheelchair. They got suspicious of the POC and me looking like I didn’t actually need it. This wheelchair tip was handed down to me from another POC traveler, and boy, was she right.

@colleenyoung

Good question about traveling with oxygen, @cognac. I moved your message to an existing conversation on the same topic. If you scroll through the discussion, you’ll see that Steve posted a link with useful information.
I’m also tagging fellow Lung Health members @annabeyta @windwalker @dogwood928 @oliver22 and @loisblo to bring them into the discussion about flying, driving with oxygen and staying in supply when you arrive at your destination.

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The airline rules about Oxygen and WCHR are all safety and health related…and backed by the FAA.
It is wise to let the airline know you need a wchr and O2 when you book your reservation. They will brief you and put a note with your reservation and on your ticket that will help get you through security and even get onto the flight first!
The crew working the flight will
also have your information.
You may have to pay for the airline Oxygen, but they will only typically charge you for the bottles you use…depending on the length of the flight.

I flew as a Flight Attendant for 35 years for NWA now Delta and also served on Safety & Health committee. I understand the safety issues well and served as Government Affairs Chair. We fly a lot and I keep up with the rules so I offer these suggestions. I hope this helps your travels go more smoothly.
Also, if you are flying to Mayo Clinic, for one Delta offers patients a deep round trip discount and dates can be changed without the “change fee”. But remember to ask questions when you book your flight! Booking 7 days or more before flying may reduce the air fare greatly.
linda

@cognac

Steve1948, thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for the link. Take care, Cognac

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I have a question. I don’t have oxygen but know it is coming soon. I keep getting ads for conscentrators. Are they adequate?

@cognac

Steve1948, thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for the link. Take care, Cognac

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Medicare, if you are eligible, will cover them as durable medical equipment. I have one in my house for oxygen at night.

@cognac

Some people in this discussion group have stated “going to the Mayo Clinic” How did you travel there from your home? Drive? If flying, did you fly with portable oxygen? I live alone and wish to see some family and friends in other states before I’m too weak to travel, but I don’t know how. I will also need oxygen where I am staying. I would appreciate any tips you wish to share. Thanks.

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@windwalker, thanks for taking the time to give me the info,especially about the tip on the wheelchair. It makes me feel much less anxious.

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