Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years there is a lot of traveling going on. That being said, if you have oxygen, you may be wondering if you will be able to fly with it. According to the FAA and TSA you are allowed to travel with Oxygen, and it will not count as a carry-on item. However, it will likely need to be inspected by TSA. To make this process easier, here are a few steps that you may want to take:
1) Call the Airline. This can never hurt. If you call your airline, you can inform them that you will be traveling with Oxygen, CPAP, BiPAP, or Autopap therapy. This way they will be able to help you make special arrangements if needed.
2) Direct Flights. When flying directly, you only have to worry about one flight, storing your bags once, dealing with one flight crew and boarding and exiting the plane with all of your equipment one time. Though this isn’t always the cheapest method of travel, it should be considered for sake of ease when traveling with medical equipment.
3) Keep Your Unit Charged. Since you never know when you may need it, keeping your unit charged for the flight is always a good idea. A standard rule to follow is multiply how many hours your flight will take by 1.5. That is a good gage for the amount of hours you should be charged.
If you or anyone you know needs oxygen, CPAP, BiPAP or any other type of respiratory help, please let us know and we will be happy to help you. You can contact us by phone at (888) 345-1780. You can also reach us on the web on our contact form. We wish you the best while traveling this holiday season!