Traveling and flying with oxygen

Posted by steve1948 @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.

@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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@llwortman, thanks for taking the time to respond. I’m planning on taking my own Oxygen this time, because I read some airlines don’t offer individual Oxygen. But all your info is REALLY good to know, both for me and for any others who may be flying somewhere.

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@cognac

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

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@jo54, I use a concentrator and find it more than adequate. I have a machine in the bedroom and use Oxygen all night. But for trips to the grocery store, the gym, light yardwork, etc., I use the concentrator because it’s lighter than a tank. If you have time, please see my response below to @waterboy.

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@cognac

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

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@waterboy, you’re lucky. On the day at the doctor’s office when I was diagnosed with ILD and was told I needed Oxygen, I asked the nurse for some names of places to call. She told me who they usually use, and I was upset, so I said fine. I’ll use them. She didn’t mention that I was also agreeing to use ONLY them for 5 YEARS as part of their contract. Consequently, Medicare pays for the rental on the huge unit I have at home, and any tanks I wish to order, but WILL NOT pay for a concentrator from another company until t he 5 years has expired. So I bought my concentrator out-right.

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@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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@dogwood928, I’m familiar with having machines delivered for use overnight, but that was within 150 miles from home. I don’t know if my provider rents portable concentrators (not tanks), or not. But I’m definitely going to check. Thank you for taking the time to send me this info.

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@cognac

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

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cognac… the way I understand it Medicare sets up a five year obligation…. they only pay for three…. so, if you have used it for let’s say 2.5 years and you have to move, another supplier would have to finish the five years and only get paid for 6 mos.

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Waterboy, thanks for the new information. It has, in fact, been 2.5 years. So I have 6 months to make other plans.

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It is five years long. You would now have to find a supplier that would accept 6 months pay for 3 years of service. This was the problem when my sister moved out of state…. luckily UW was her supplier and made arrangements to keep her supplied.

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