Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen 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 we carry, that are approved by American Airlines: AirSep FreeStyle, AirSep Free Style 5, AirSep Focus, Devilbiss iGO, Inogen G2, Inogen One G3, LifeChoice Activox, Invacare XPO2, Invacare SOLO2, Oxlife Independence, Drive Oxus, Respironics EverGO, Respironics SimplyGo and SeQual Eclipse 3.

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

2 thoughts on “Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen 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.


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