Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on Southwest

Southwest airlines is one of the most popular airlines, and like all other airlines, they have their own set of rules and requirements for using and bring a portable oxygen concentrator on board one of their flights. They also have their own list of FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators that they will allow on a flight.

Approved portable oxygen concentrators have been found by the Federal Aviation Administration to be safe for use on an airplane, as per the cabin pressure and the machines operational levels, as well as battery usage and other workings of the portable oxygen concentrator. These FAA approved POCs make it possible for you to leave the country, while using your portable oxygen concentrator. You don't need to miss out on that family vacation to Hawaii, because you need to use prescribed oxygen. All of American Medical's available portable oxygen concentrators are approved by the FAA.

Here is list of the portable oxygen concentrators that are approved by Southwest 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

If you have a different portable oxygen concentrator, but you won't need to use it during the flight (the flight is very short and you won't need your dosage during that time of the day), you might be able to bring it on board and stow it in the cabin without being used. You will need to call and check with the airline before booking your flight, to see if it is allowed on board without being used.

Flying with Oxygen on Southwest

If you do indeed to use one of the approved POCs on your flight, you will have to meet the following Southwest Airline requirements:

You will need to have the official manufacturers label attached to the POC, stating that it is approved by the FAA.

With the batteries, you will need to make sure your POC is in battery operating mode, because you will not have access to any outlets on board the flight. You are also required to bring with you 150% of the battery life you will actually need for using your oxygen therapy for the duration of the flight. This is to make sure you have plenty of battery life in case there are delays.

You will also need to bring a letter from your doctor, with the physician's official letterhead. The letter has to state that you know how to operate your portable oxygen concentrator, and you know what to do and how to recognize any beeps or alarms. It will also need to specify during which phases of the flight you will be using your portable oxygen concentrator, such as during the taxi ride, take off, cruise or landing). The third and last thing the letter must state, is the maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions, pressurized to an altitude of 8,000 feet.

You will need to contact Southwest Airlines to book your flight, and set up reservations for you and your portable oxygen concentrator. Visit their website for contact info and more details:

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

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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.

10 thoughts on “Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on Southwest”

  • kathy vallana

    Can I fly with a Respironics Simply Go but do not have to use it on the flight. Do I have to fill out some type of form or who do I call to check about this? Thanks!

    • Danielle Jason
      Danielle Jason April 28, 2017 at 5:36 am

      The Respironic's SimplyGo is FAA approved for air travel. In order to completely comply with all of your individual airlines guidelines (as they do vary airline to airline) you'll want to give them a call directly and inquire with them what is required for you to bring and utilize an oxygen concentrator on board the airline. It is important you contact them before your trip as some airlines require a Doctor's note or other paperwork that may be difficult to complete last-minute.

  • Claire LeBlanc

    I live in the Raleigh, NC area and I want to fly to & from Providence. I use oxygen but only at night. I will not be using the machine on board nor in the airport. I would be flying Southwest. What would be the procedure to do this. I have an approved oxygen machine. Thanking you in advance for your help.

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Claire. If you are interested in a rental, please contact our rental department at 888-360-4493.

  • anthony

    can i fly with oxygofit portable oxygen concentrator?

    • Danielle Jason

      Great question, Anthony. That depends on a few factors, check out our Guide to Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator at:

  • Jay and Sharon Stinson
    Jay and Sharon Stinson December 26, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Does the letter from my doctor approving 02 travel have to be updated? The one I have is from 2016.

  • kenneth burdette
    kenneth burdette January 30, 2019 at 2:07 am

    can I take my large at home concentrator on plane in baggage

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman February 1, 2019 at 3:39 am

      You can check you home concentrator on a plane. I would, however, caution you that it may not be handled with care. If you need oxygen for night time use only, they make a machine called the SimplyFlo that also has a travel suitcase for travel. You can also rent a SimplyGo from us. This will ensure that your device will arrive safely and since it is considered a medical device so it will not count as one of your carry-on items.


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