Alaska Air has their own simple set of requirements for use of portable oxygen concentrators in flight. These requirements exist because Alaska Air, just like us at American Medical, want to make sure your flight goes smoothly with your portable oxygen concentrator, and your oxygen needs are met.
Safety and making you get the oxygen you need at all times is top priority. Here are things you will need to do to fly with Alaska Air while using your portable oxygen concentrator.
First, you will need a portable oxygen concentrator that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the “Approved by the FAA” sticker is on your portable oxygen concentrator. Alaska Air allows all FAA approved models on board their flights.
The ones that are not approved by Alaska Airlines are allowed on board, but cannot be used on the airlplane. Not all FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators must be approved by the airline itself – they can still choose which ones are allowed, and which ones are not.
Here is a list of the portable oxygen concentrators that are approved for use during Alaska Airlines flights, that we sell or have as a rental package here at Ameican Medical:
AirSep Focus, AirSep Freestyle, AirSep Freestyle 5, DeVilbiss iGo, Inogen One G2, Inogen One G3, LifeChoice Activox, Invacare Corporation's XPO2, Oxlife Independence, Respironics EverGo, Respironics SimplyGo, SeQual Eclipse 3, SeQual Eclipse 5, and SeQual eQuinox. You can view the full list of FAA and Alaska Airlines approved portable oxygen concentrators on the official Alaska Airlines website http://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/accessible-services/specialservices-oxygen.aspx.
You will also need to have your doctor fill out the physician's consent form, which you will need to present the day you board your flight, and have with you during the entire journey. You can use this form on any Alaska Airlines flight in the future, as long as your condition has not changed. Your doctor will need to fill this out on official letterhead, and answer the key questions:
That you know how to operate the POC and you know what the alarms mean, at which phases during the flight you will be using it, and the maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin, which is pressurized at an altitude of 8,000 feet. You can find the physician's consent form here [http://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/policies/~/media/Files/PDF/Physicians-Consent-Form.pdf].
You'll also be required to bring along an extra battery, besides the already-charged up batteries that you will need during the flight. This will cover you in case of delays or emergencies. It's important to make sure your batteries are fully charged and packed safely, to make sure the terminals aren't touching anything metal. You won't have access to any outlets during the flight.
You will also need to have your doctor fill out a physician’s statement. Click here to download Alaskan Airlines Portable Oxygen Physician Statement.