Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Guidance for using POCs on board
Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) approved by the FAA, may be carried and used on board ViaAir’ flights at no charge, in accordance with specific FAA guidelines.
Customers needing to use a POC on board should advise ViaAir of their oxygen requirement when making reservations. Customers using a POC who make reservations with a travel agent or on the internet need to contact ViaAir Reservations in advance of travel to ensure ViaAir has all of the necessary information and can assist the customer in meeting travel requirements. ViaAir requires 48 hours advance notice and check-in one hour before the check-in time for the general public to use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator onboard the aircraft. Failure to meet this requirement will result in denied use of the POC during travel.
Flights operated by ViaAir do not have an in-seat power source. The customer must ensure he or she has ample batteries to power the POC for the duration of the flight, any ground connection time where the POC is planned to be used, plus three additional hours to allow for unanticipated delays.
The customer must ensure all extra batteries are properly protected from short circuiting by having recessed battery terminals or by packaging the batteries so they do not contact metal objects, including the terminals of other batteries.
The customer must have a signed written doctor's statement. We suggest printing this Medical Verification Statement.
The doctor's statement must:
- State the user of the POC has the physical and cognitive ability to see, hear and understand the device's aural and visual cautions and warnings and is able, without assistance, to take appropriate action in response to those cautions and warnings
- State whether or not oxygen use is medically necessary for all or a portion of the flight(s) listed on the customer's itinerary
- Specify the maximum oxygen flow rate in liters per minute corresponding to the pressure in the cabin of the aircraft under normal operating conditions
- State the expected total operating time (duration) of the POC extends the entire length of the flight plus three hours.
- Must be kept by the customer and provided upon request to ViaAir’ personnel at any time during travel.
Some seating restrictions apply:
- The POC must be able to fit under the seat in front of the customer
- A customer using a POC may not be accommodated in any designated over-wing or floor-level exit seat
Portable oxygen concentrators are considered assistive devices. They do not count toward baggage limits whether or not they are used on board.
Note: When connecting to or from any other airline, the customer is responsible for notifying and making independent arrangements directly with the other airline.
The following is the current list of FAA approved POCs
- The AirSep "Focus," manufactured by the AirSep Corporation
- The AirSep "Freestyle," manufactured by the AirSep Corporation
- The AirSep "Freestyle 5," manufactured by the AirSep Corporation
- The AirSep "Lifestyle," manufactured by the AirSep Corporation
- Delphi Central Air, manufactured by Delphi Medical Systems
- DeVilbiss "iGo," manufactured by DeVilbiss
- Inogen One, manufactured by the Inogen Corporation
- Inogen One G2, manufactured by the Inogen Corporation
- Inogen One G3, manufactured by the Inogen Corporation
- Inova Labs "LifeChoice Activeox," manufactured by Inova Labs
- International Biophysics "LifeChoice," manufactured by Inova Labs
- Invacare SOLO2, manufactured by Invacare Corporation
- Invacare XPO2, manufactured by Invacare Corporation
- OxLife "Independence," manufactured by OxLife Incorporated
- Precision Medical EasyPulse, manufactured by Precision Medical
- Respironics EverGo, manufactured by Respironics Inc.
- Respironics SimplyGo, manufactured by Respironics Inc.
- SeQual Eclipse, manufactured by SeQual Technologies Inc.
- SeQual SAROS, manufactured by SeQual Technologies Inc.
Other POC brands and models may be carried in the cabin with the batteries removed, if they meet ViaAir’s assistive device carry-on size and weight requirements or they may be transported as checked baggage.