How to fly with the Respironics EverGo Portable Concentrator

The Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator is one of only a few oxygen concentrators that the FAA has approved for use on commercial airline flights. Learn the steps on preparing to flying with the Respironics EverGo.

Things You'll Need:

  • Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator
  • Extra Batteries
  • Prescription

Step 1
Contact your airline to make sure they allow the Respironinics EverGo on the airline during flights. The airline will require a written prescription for the EverGo. Please notify the airline a month in advance and let them know you will be using the Repsironics EverGo during flight.

Step 2
Prepare to be flexible with your travel schedule and have a well planned itinerary so that you don't need to make last minute changes. Airlines may require as much as 48 hours notice to reschedule flights with passengers using oxygen. Try to plan a direct flight without layovers to converse battery power.

Step 3
Be familiar with the latest airport security screening policies and plan for extra time for inspection of your EverGo.

Step 4
Passengers using the EverGo may not sit in exit rows, or the EverGo can't block another passenger's access to seats or to the airplane's aisles. You must be able to see the alarm lights on your EverGo when it is stowed away. Ideally, you would want to keep your EverGo under the seat in front of you.

Step 5
Passengers are not allowed to plug the EverGo in during flight to charge their battery. You will need to plan to bring enough batteries for your entire flight, including check in time, security time, take off and landing time. For safety reason, it is strongly recommended that patients that use Portable Oxygen Concentrators on airplane flights carry enough extra batteries that will last twice the duration of the flight to ensure the battery power will not run out during flight.

Step 6
The EverGo and EverGo batteries are considered medical devices; they will need to be screened by TSA personnel but they will not count against your carry-on baggage allowance.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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