Can you fly on Southwest with an oxygen concentrator

Yes. You can fly on Southwest Airlines with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC).

Here are some details about using oxygen while flying with Southwest:
  • Southwest does not allow liquid or compressed gas on their air crafts.
  • Your POC must run on battery power during your flight.
  • You must bring enough battery power to cover at least 150% of your total flight time.
  • Southwest recommends carrying at least one extra battery.
  • You must package your extra batteries in your carry-on.
  • Stored batteries must not come into contact with metal objects.
  • Southwest strongly urges you to preboard to secure a seat that meets the FAA’s safety requirements. Failure to preboard could cause you to get denied on the plan or rebooked for another flight.
  • Your POC must fit under a seat. This space measures 16.25” (L) x 13.5” (W) x 8” (H).
Southwest requires advance notice that you’ll be traveling with a POC. To add a POC while booking your flight, they provide a “Special Assistance” link on the Passenger screen on their website. You can add your POC to a flight you already booked, also by using the Special Assistance link.

Southwest-Approved POCs

If you’re bringing your POC but not planning on using it during your flight, FAA approval is not required. The airline also recommends bringing documentation stating that you don’t require using your oxygen during the flight.

POCs used during Southwest flights must have an FAA-approved label. If you don’t own a Southwest-approved POC, consider using a rental.

As of April 2023, Southwest has approved the following POCs. However, always check with the airline for updates before traveling.

  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep Freestyle 5
  • AirSep LifeStyle (Modified) *Sticker required
  • Claire FreeStyle Comfort *FAA Approved Sticker required
  • Delphi RS-00400 (EVO Central Air)
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen One G2
  • Inogen One G3
  • Inogen One G4 *FAA Approved Sticker required
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
  • Invacare SOLO 2
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice
  • Invacare XPO2
  • Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Oxus RS-00400
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse 3v
  • Resmed AirCurve 10V Auto w/Resmed Power Station IIv
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Respironics Trilogy 100 Model RSP1054260
  • SeQual Eclipse
  • SeQual eQuinox
  • VBox Trooper

For more information, visit our blog page on Tips for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator on Southwest Airlines.

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