Tips for Flying with a Portable Concentrator on American Airlines

Portable oxygen concentrators make it easy for you to go wherever you want to go. Our selection of portable oxygen concentrators are all approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. This means they are all approved to be safely used on any flight going to or from United States soil. This doesn't mean that every airline has to accept every FAA approved POC.

American Airlines does their best to accommodate those who have special medical needs on board their flights. Like most airlines, they do not allow compressed or liquid oxygen tanks on board, because these are considered to be hazardous materials, and are deemed unsafe to be used on an airplane.

They also no longer allow in flight oxygen use under any circumstances, but they do allow for the use of many popular portable oxygen concentrators during their flights. Just like all other airlines, they have a few basic requirements before they can let you on one of their flights with a portable oxygen concentrator.

Here is list of the portable oxygen concentrators that are approved by American Airlines:

  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep FreeStyle 5
  • AirSep Focus
  • Caire FreeStyle Comfort
  • Devilbiss iGO
  • Drive Oxus
  • Inogen One G2
  • Inogen One G3
  • Inogen One G4
  • LifeChoice Activox
  • Invacare Platinum Mobile
  • Invacare SOLO2
  • Invacare XPO2
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse 3
  • Oxlife Independence
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo Mini
  • SeQual Eclipse 3
  • SeQual Eclipse 5
  • SeQual eQuinox
  • Zen-O
  • Zen-O Lite

Flying with oxygen on American Airlines

There are a few things you will have to do ahead of time before you can board your flight. You will need to have your doctor fill out the physician's consent form and there is a link for that here physicians consent form.

You will need to print it out and have him or her fill it out, and contact AA (call reservations at 1-800-433-7300) no less than 48 hours before your scheduled flight, to let them know you have the documentation filled out. The information included states that you know how to properly use your POC, at which stages during the flight you will be using it, and you will have no less than 150% of the battery life you will need for the flight. You will not have access to any outlets in the cabin.

One great thing is, the POC or the accessories you bring with it, will not count as part of your carry on limit. You should arrive about an hour early to meet with a staff member, who will check that you have the form filled out, and will make sure that you get the proper accommodations. With the right preparations, you'll be able to fly with American Airlines and take that summer vacation with the rest of your family or friends, while still get the oxygen therapy you need.

You will also need to have your doctor fill out a physician’s statement. Click here to download American Airlines Portable Oxygen Physician Statement.

Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on American Airlines

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.

13 thoughts on “Tips for Flying with a Portable Concentrator on American Airlines”

  • Karin anderson

    We will flying American and my husband will have a Inogen G3. He does not plan to use it on the flight but will be packing it in his carry,on suitcase. Does he need to get permission or have the doctor fill out a form if he does will not be using it on the flight?

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Karin. Here at AMSR, we always suggest that you reach out to your airline directly. In this case, we would suggest contacting American and inquiring what their preferred procedure would be. Each and every airline is different and all require their own set of oxygen related guidelines. In order to avoid any delays during your trip, we suggest calling them as soon as possible.

  • Leo Vallee

    How many liters are you aloud on the plane?

    • Danielle Jason

      Great question, Leo. This all depends on the individual airline itself. Each airline has their own set of requirements in terms of oxygen concentrators and oxygen therapy on board their aircraft. We always recommend inquire with the specific airline itself as it does differ airline to airline.

  • Larry Feldhacker
    Larry Feldhacker November 1, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I presently have a (Actyivox 4L constrictor ) this was sold by 1ST medical Englewood C0 I was told it was approved.. is it? Thank you

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Larry. The Activox 4L Oxygen Concentrator is FAA approved for air travel. That being said, each airline's rules and regulations are different and we always recommend calling to inquire with your individual airline itself. You can view a list of current FAA approved models here:

  • Tracey Cook

    My husband and I will be flying from Chicago to Sydney Australia (13 flight-14 hr). He will be using an O2 concentrator for the first time on a plane. Is there a recommended concentrator for a longer flight like this?

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Tracey. In order to recommend a unit for your husband's trip we will need to know a bit more information. Firstly, we will need to know what flow setting he is most comfortable using and is currently prescribed. Depending on if he requires pulse or continuous dose oxygen delivery there is also the case of knowing what number setting he is prescribed. The higher your setting requirements, the more power it draws from the battery and the more battery power you will need. If you'd like you can contact our Specialists directly at 877-774-9271.


    I have reservation to Redmond Oregon via CR 700 airplane (confirmation Number SAZNLV)
    I need to operate pulse feed POC at 4 Liters per minutes. Can I bring two a Inogen G3 and Invacare XP02 (both FAA approved POC)? I will be staying 3 nights and keep extra POC just in case one fails.

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman July 31, 2018 at 4:37 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

  • George Gatti

    Thank you for the info. It was a big help.

  • Magnolia

    My mother and I will be traveling to Dominican Republic from Miami, she has COPD and uses continuous oxygen, we have an oxygen concentrator that we need to take with the luggage and also a portable oxygen concentrator that she’ll be using while in the flight, my question is, will I have any problems with the large oxygen concentrator that’s past of out luggage? Can we take it with us?

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman February 11, 2019 at 4:01 am

      The best thing that you can do is contact the airline that you are flying on directly. Let them know all of the medical equipment that you will be traveling with and any additional medications you take. Ask them for any forms that you need to have filled out. They will be able to give you the most up-to-date policies of the airline as well as a note on your itinerary that you will be traveling with oxygen.


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