Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on United Airlines

Major airlines are always working to make sure that anyone can use them to travel to where they need to go, and make accommodations for those with disabilities or certain medical requirements. Thankfully, they often do allow portable oxygen concentrators that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Portable oxygen concentrators that have been approved by the FAA can be allowed on a commercial flight going to or from the United States, but each airline is not required to allow them.

One great airline used by many people is United Airlines. Just like any other airline, you will need to call ahead of time to let them know that you will need to bring a portable oxygen concentrator on board with you, to be used during the flight.

Portable Oxygen Concentrator on United Airlines FlightsUnited requires no less than a 48 hour call in advance before your flight, but it's a good idea to call much further ahead than this. They will let you know how many batteries you will need to bring on board your flight, and you may need to order more batteries depending on the length of the flight. Doing this a few weeks in advance gives you the easiest time in preparing yourself with enough battery life required for your trip. To do this, you will need to call United's disability desk at the customer contact center.

The reason you will need a certain amount of battery life, probably much more than what you would normally need, is because they want you to be prepared in the event of delays. United's planes do not provide in-sight power, so you will have to make sure you will be completely self sufficient throughout the whole flight.

You will also need to bring a written statement, filled out by your doctor. To make it easier and to make sure your Dr. gives the information required by United, you can download and print a form from their website for your doctor to fill out. This form, and the phone number for the customer contact center can be found here at

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

United also does not count your portable oxygen concentrator, the mobile cart, or accessory bag as part of your carry on limit, which is a great convenience and allows you to bring other things you may need during your flight. All this information, as well as a check list of the things you will need, or the things you need to do before your flight, is found on

We at American Medical want to make sure you have a safe flight while receiving the oxygen therapy you need, and we will work quickly to make sure you have the portable oxygen concentrator and all the batteries you need, on time for your flight.

You will also need to have your doctor fill out a physician's statement, which is a form that can be found here: United Airlines Portable Oxygen Physician's 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.

2 thoughts on “Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on United Airlines”

  • rosie dupree

    i need to take a portable oxygen concentrater on a united flight. i do not need to use oxygen on the plane. delta has a physicians form that has a lie for carry-on only. i cannot find a comparable form for united. if ther is such a form would you e-mail it to me so that i may have my doctor fill it out. thank you

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Rosie. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the current paperwork or rules and regulations of each individual airline. We do not partner with airlines and therefore you will need to reach out and contact your individual airline directly. Be sure to contact them directly, well before the date of your trip to ensure you have everything you need at the time of travel.


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