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Oxygen Needs

Due to safety reasons, Porter does not supply medical oxygen on board nor do we permit any type of compressed or liquid oxygen to be transported on the aircraft.

Porter does, however, accept certain respiratory assistive devices that assist with an individual’s respiratory functions including ventilators, respirators, continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAPs) and approved portable oxygen concentrators (POCs).

What is a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

Portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is a device that increases the oxygen content of the ambient air and provides high concentration supplemental oxygen. POCs allow chronic oxygen therapy patients to maintain their mobility and travel freely.

An oxygen concentrator is not to be confused with compressed oxygen which is prohibited on Porter aircraft.

Acceptance of Portable Oxygen Concentrators

If you plan on travelling by air and have a prescription for medical oxygen, an approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator is an option for you.

To be approved for use onboard a Porter flight, your POC must meet at least one of the following criteria:

List of approved POC models

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  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep LifeStyle
  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep Freestyle 5
  • (Caire) SeQual eQuinox / Oxywell (model 4000)
  • Delphi RS-00400 / Oxus RS-00400
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen One G2
  • lnogen One G3
  • lnova Labs LifeChoice Activox
  • International Biophysics LifeChoice / lnova Labs LifeChoice
  • Invacare Solo 2
  • Invacare XPO2 / XPO100
  • Oxylife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Sequal Eclipse
  • SeQual SAROS
  • VBox Trooper

Request to operate a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

If you plan on using an approved POC onboard a Porter flight, please have your physician complete the Request for Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) Use in Flight (PDF) and return it to us no less than 48 hours prior to your flight. The form must be dated within 1 year of your departure. If you are filling the form interactively, please download and open the PDF form in Adobe Acrobat.

Failure to submit the completed form at least 48 hours prior to travel may result in delays or refusal to board.

Please keep the completed form with you during travel to confirm the need for in-flight oxygen and to verify the required flow rate. Carry the form with you, rather than in your checked baggage.

Prior to boarding each flight on your itinerary, the Porter staff will verify the POC model, all required documentation, and number and packaging of batteries.

If you plan on travelling with a POC, but will not be using it during the flight, the Request to Operate a POC Form and advance notification are not required, provided that the POC is FAA approved. Batteries must be removed, individually protected and transported in your carry-on baggage to prevent short circuits.

Battery requirements

A sufficient number of fully charged batteries must be brought on board to power the device for the duration of your travel time including flight, all ground time, and any unexpected delays. We regret that we are unable to provide onboard electrical power.

Spare batteries must be transported in your carry-on baggage and individually protected to prevent damage and short circuits.

In addition, each spare battery must not exceed the following quantities:

Lithium ion batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of more than 8 grams but not more than 25 grams, may be transported in your carry-on baggage if they are individually protected to prevent short circuits and are limited to two spare batteries per person.

Additional requirements for use in cabin

Ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines

C-PAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and Bi-PAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machines, ventilators, and respirators may also be carried on and used during the flight if it can be verified by a manufacturer's label that the device meets applicable FAA requirements.

As with all personal assistive devices, they must meet the size and weight restrictions for the approved cabin storage space. They must also not obstruct access to safety equipment, exits, or the aisle. In all cases, acceptance of these items in the cabin is at the sole discretion of Porter.

If the device is a size or shape that cannot be safely stowed in the cabin, it can be checked and transported in the cargo hold free of charge, as long as the battery requirements are met.