The Federal Aviation Administration declared that travelers needing medical oxygen now have the choice of using four additional portable oxygen concentrators while traveling, bringing the total up to 11 approved units.
According to Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator, this is the latest step toward making the air travel more accessible for people who need medical oxygen. They want these passengers to have more options while ensuring all of the safety guidelines are being met.
Portable oxygen concentrators provide oxygen to users at more than 90% concentration. They do not use compressed or liquid oxygen which the government classifies as hazardous material. Portable oxygen concentrators are small, mobile devices that separate oxygen from nitrogen as well as other gases in the air.
The Department of Transportation requires that U.S. carriers allow passengers to use portable oxygen concentrators approved by the FAA during all phases of a flight-including taxiing, takeoff and landing- as long as the unit displays a manufacturer’s label that shows it meets FAA requirements for portable medical electronic devices.
The passenger should ensure that the unit is in good condition and must be able to respond to unit’s warning alarms. They must keep extra batteries in carry on baggage from short circuits and physical damage.
An airline carrier can refuse to allow in-flight use of an FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator that does not have a manufacturer’s label that shows it complies with FAA requirements.
The following are the portable oxygen concentrators previously approved by the FAA: