By Lanier Hogan, CAIRE Inc. Product Manager
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Why can’t I find my portable oxygen concentrator listed on the FAA site?
As of August 22, 2016, the FAA requires portable oxygen concentrator manufacturers to perform a self-certification and any POCs released after that date will no longer get added to the oxygen concentrator list on the FAA website. This is applicable to all POC manufacturers and not just CAIRE. The new FreeStyle® Comfort® portable oxygen concentrator, which was introduced after August 22, 2016, meets FAA guidelines for commercial air flights, and bears the symbol on the back label of the device. The link to the Final Rule for the Acceptance Criteria for Portable Oxygen Concentrators Used On Board Aircraft can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/05/2016-15770/acceptance-criteria-for-portable-oxygen-concentrators-used-on-board-aircraft-correction
Link to a CAIRE letter referencing self-certification of portable oxygen concentrators – http://files.caireinc.com/CAIRE_FAA_LETTER_Updated_4_26.pdf
What CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators meet FAA guidelines?
Here are the CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators that meet FAA guidelines:
AirSep® FreeStyle® 5
SeQual® Eclipse® (All Generations)
What should I do if an airline declines my request to carry my portable oxygen concentrator on my upcoming flight?
If you are declined in your request, the care supervisor will more than likely provide you with forms that you will need to fill out and return to them before your trip in order to receive final approvals. Fill out the forms and return them to the carrier. Also, alert your manufacturer that you encountered a problem so they can be aware of your issue. NOTE: The manufacturer will not be able to resolve your problem, but they can reach out to their industry contacts to ensure that airlines are receiving important product updates.
What steps should I take before my trip to ensure I can take my portable oxygen concentrator on board my upcoming flight?
Airlines often have specific information about their requirements for using oxygen while on board. CAIRE recommends contacting your airline at least 48 hours prior to your travel for more information to ensure peace of mind.
Make sure to inquire about any available power sources on board and about seating with an available power outlet. Your airline’s care supervisor will inform you of any special paperwork required. At CAIRE, we have several documents on our travel page that you can carry along with you during your trip to provide additional documentation regarding your need for an oxygen therapy device.
Talk to your physician or health care provider about your trip and have them fill out the CAIRE Physicians’ Statement that can be presented to the airline as additional documentation regarding your use of oxygen.
Download the physicians’ statement here: http://files.caireinc.com/PhysycianStatement_2019.pdf
Take inventory of your battery supply to ensure you have the battery power you need for the duration of your flight. You may need to purchase additional batteries to make sure you have enough power for your trip.
CAIRE recommends having enough batteries for 150% of your flight duration. This will account for scheduled air time as well as any unexpected delays or holding. NOTE: Many airlines have specific requirements regarding the numbers of batteries you should carry on board.
Review the available accessories for your CAIRE portable oxygen concentrator that could make your travel more comfortable. In addition to carrying extra batteries in your carryon, don’t forget to carry all of your electrical cords that allow charging your oxygen medical device while you are away from home.
Make sure to charge your device as you wait in the airport terminal and after in your vehicle.
All CAIRE portable and transportable oxygen concentrators operate on both AC and DC power, as well as by battery, and can be used in motor vehicles. Please review each concentrator’s manual for specific information about use in an automobile.
Where can I review the official acceptance criteria for portable oxygen concentrators used on board aircraft?
Here is the link to the official Acceptance Criteria for Portable Oxygen Concentrators Used On Board Aircraft; Correction – https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/05/2016-15770/acceptance-criteria-for-portable-oxygen-concentrators-used-on-board-aircraft-correction