Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on Delta Airlines

Most big airlines want to accommodate everyone to the best of their abilities, from those in wheelchairs, to the blind, to oxygen therapy patients. Since all of our portable oxygen concentrators are already approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, they are approved to be taken on board a commercial flight going to, or coming from the United States. These approved portable oxygen concentrators have been found to efficiently deliver oxygen to its prescribed user, and have been found to be safe to bring on board a plane.

One major airline that welcomes those with FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators, is Delta Airlines. However, even though a portable oxygen concentrator is approved by the FAA, doesn't mean every airline has to allow it on board their flights. Their regulations and requirements for bringing them along will also vary from airline to airline. Up until October 1st 2009, Delta had offered in flight compressed oxygen to oxygen therapy patients.

Delta Airlines with a Portable Oxygen ConcentratorOne thing they have in common, is you always need to let them know well ahead of time that you need to bring a portable oxygen concentrator with you on your flight. If you're flying with Delta, you will need to tell them this information when you purchase your ticket. One great thing is, your portable oxygen concentrator and an accessory bag used to bring along the things you need, will not count against your carry on limit.

Be sure to check the list, and visit Delta's website http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/agency/our-products-and-services/onboard-oxygen-and-assistive-devices.html for any more details before booking your flight. Here is a list of the FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators that Delta allows on its flights: Inogen One, AirSep Lifestyle, AirSep Freestyle, SeQual Eclipse, Respironics EverGo, Delphi RS-00400 (EVO Central Air), Invacare XPO2.

One requirement for using one of these POCs on board a Delta flight, is it can't be used if you are sitting in an exit row or bulkhead seat. There is also a special sticker needed for the AirSep Lifestyle, but this is not one of the POCs we sell at American Medical. POCs are approved to be used on board, because oxygen tanks are not allowed.

If you intend on bringing them to use when you've gotten to your destination, you can bring them with you on your flight with Delta, as long as they are empty and completely free of pressure, and the batteries are packed separately from the tanks. The tanks and battery will be counted as part of your carry on limit. If they contain liquid or compressed oxygen, you will not be allowed to bring them aboard the flight.

Please visit Delta's website to obtain their physicians statement.

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

  • Huge

    This Delta form is misleading and could result in passenger delays or injury

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  • Keith Allenby

    I need the form for oxygen to go to take on the Delta Airline flight with us on June 6th 2017

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    • Danielle Jason
      Danielle Jason March 27, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thank you for your comment, Keith. We suggest contacting Delta Airlines directly and asking them what is required to bring and/or use an oxygen concentrator on board the aircraft. Each airline has their own regulations and requirements; we find it's safest to contact them directly to avoid any mishaps or delays on the day of your trip! You can contact Delta Airline's Special Needs department at 800-221-1212.

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  • W Peter Dean

    I need the form to take an Inogen G3 contractor onboard a Delta flight October 26 2017, plus where do I get the sticker for this unit.

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    • Danielle Jason
      Danielle Jason July 19, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Thank you for your message, Dean. For the most accurate and up-to-date documentation for air travel with an oxygen concentrator, we suggest contacting your specific airline directly. Each airline's requirements can differ. For more tips regarding traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator click here: http://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com/reference-material/travel-tips/

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  • Nancy Beam

    I was wondering if you got the fax from my doctor letting you know the liters I use. No one got back to me, but the women that called me was nasty enough to tell me they wouldn.t let me on the plane if I didn,t have a cert. Would someone get back to me . Thank you Nancy Beam

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Nancy. Please call our Customer Service Department at 877-303-9289 regarding your request.

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  • Mona Conlin

    If you cannot bring small personal oxygen tanks on a flight for your use, can they be packed in your luggage to use upon your arrival at your destination?

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    • Danielle Jason

      That is correct, Mona, oxygen tanks are not approved for air travel. As per your question regarding packaging them in your luggage, you will need to inquire with your individual airline regarding what is approved.

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  • Barbara Summers
    Barbara Summers March 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    We are taking a cruise in July with Princess Cruise Lines. They booked our flights with you airline for us. I am on oxygen and will be needing to fly with an approved O2 concentrator. My supply company has the approved concentrator a approved for flying. I have used one before. I have not flown with your airline and I need to know how I can get the form I need to have filled out by my physician. Could you please send me one out in the mail? I do not have a printer. Thanks

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 15, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Thank you for reaching out. Each airline and cruise line has different requirements. We recommend that you reach out to your travel agent or call the airline/cruise line customer service center directly.

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  • GLENDORA BELL
    GLENDORA BELL May 22, 2018 at 9:13 am

    MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE AND ALVERNO, DROPPED THE BALL! THE PAPERWORK FOR MY DOCTOR ORDERED POC WAS NOT SUBMITTED UNTIL LAST WEEK AND MY FLIGHT IS SCHEDULED FOR 5/24/2018. WILL I BE ALLOWED TO BRING 2 CONCENTRATORS ONBOARD? ONE IS FOR OVERNIGHT USE IN THE HOTEL...IT'S ON WHEELS. THE OTHER ONE IS BATTERY OPERATED, PORTABLE AND EASY TO CARY.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 23, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Since we are not an airline I can not answer that for you. I strongly suggest following up with your airline to make sure they have received your paperwork and that everything is in order for your flight.

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