Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Travel with Confidence on Oxygen

If you used an oxygen concentrator 10 years ago, you know how big and heavy they used to be. Thank goodness times have changed. Today’s portable models are so small and light that now you can travel anywhere! 

Airplane travel

The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has ruled that all passengers who require oxygen must be allowed to bring FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrators on all U.S. aircraft with more than 19 seats. Foreign airlines must also allow portable oxygen concentrators on all flights to and from U.S soil.

Rest assured that all the oxygen concentrators we sell and rent are FAA-approved.

Train travel

Amtrak also allows medically necessary oxygen equipment onboard. You just need to give them 12 hours’ advance notice and assure them you have the needed equipment, including adequate battery back-up. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL. 

We recommend you reserve a Superliner Accessible Bedroom for your Amtrak trip. These are lower-level rooms with space for a wheelchair and two adults. Even if you don’t use a wheelchair, you’ll appreciate having the extra space for your oxygen equipment. 

Car travel

Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned road trip? Most of today’s portable concentrators come with a DC power supply that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet. This makes it easy to power and recharge your concentrator no matter how long your drive. 

If you’re not sure, call and ask us if your portable concentrator has a DC power supply. 

Fall is a gorgeous time of year to travel, so we hope you’ll get out there and enjoy it. Bon voyage!

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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