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Oxygen on Airplanes

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Respironics Evergo
Respironics Evergo


Using supplemental oxygen doesn't limit the places that you can travel anymore. Freedom Link® is here to assist you by setting up oxygen from the time you leave home until the time you arrive at your destination. We work directly with your medical equipment provider to ensure that you have the best choice of equipment for your condition.

Flying with Oxygen

Flying with Oxygen

Every airline has rules and regulations on flying with oxygen. Our team of experts are educated on the different requirements so that you don't have to be. Here are some helpful tips when you are getting ready to take a flight:

  • Schedule a direct flight if possible—most airlines will charge you a fee each time you change planes and they will not provide supplemental oxygen during your layover time which can be several hours. Freedom Link® can arrange for the oxygen during the layover if needed.
  • Notify the airline at least 24-hours in advance that you will need supplemental oxygen on the airplane.
  • Prescription—All airlines require that you bring along a copy of your prescription. Quantity of oxygen and flow rate will need to be included.
  • Doctor's Release Form—All airlines require that you also have several copies of you doctor's release form, which includes your diagnosis and approval to fly. Your doctor will also adjust the flow rate for cabin altitude.
  • Accompany Rules—Some airlines require that a relative or friend accompany the patient. Be sure to ask the airline if this is one of their requirements.
  • Arrive 2 hours before flight—Allow yourself ample time to check in and get to your gate on time. During check-in you will need to pay for your oxygen at the time of check-in and will be one of the first people to board the plane.

General Requirements:

RX and a letter from DR with diagnosis and liter flow. PLAN AHEAD. Reserve your flight with as much notice as possible. Oxygen may not be available otherwise.
  • Cost: Most airlines charge an average of $100.00 per "leg" of flight.
  • Tips: The airlines do not provide oxygen in the airport terminal. You man NOT take any of your own oxygen into the cabin of the airplane. Empty cylinders and concentrators may be packaged and checked with special requirements per airline. Airlines do not bill insurance companies. Most insurance policies do not have benefits for this type of travel.
  • Click for a complete list of Airline requirements and contact information

Physician’s Statement for Air Travel Portable Oxygen Concentrator

This is a required document that must be completed by your physician if utilizing a portable oxygen concentrator. Click here to download PDF.

 

Cruise Ship with Oxygen

Cruising with Oxygen

Cruising with Oxygen

As with Flying, every cruise line has different requirement when traveling with Oxygen. Freedom Link® employees are experts on the requirements for each cruise line. It is required that arrangements need to be made through a provider and the cruise line. Freedom Link® can help you with both of these arrangements. In addition if you plan on attending any of the shore excursions, you will need to have an oxygen supplier lined up on the shore destination. Here are some helpful hints when planning your vacation cruise:

  • Prescription—All cruise lines require that you bring along a copy of your prescription. Quantity of oxygen and flow rate will need to be included.
  • Doctor's Release Form—All cruise lines require that you also have several copies of you doctor's release form, which includes your diagnosis and approval to cruise.
  • Contact Cruise Line—You will next need to contact the cruise line medical department to explain your needs. It is suggested to contact the cruise line 2-3 weeks before you travel.
  • Click for a list Cruise Lines and contact information

General Requirements:

RX and a letter from DR with diagnosis and liter flow. You will need to make your own arrangements through a medical equipment company to bring oxygen aboard the ship. The oxygen will be delivered to your stateroom or a designated area of the ship. You are allowed to transport the oxygen yourself if you are using personal equipment. Concentrators are accessible in your room via 110 amp.
Cost: Varied
Tips: Make sure your cruise embarks and returns to the same port. This will ensure your oxygen will get back to the company that delivered it. Oxygen may be shipped from final port but may be expensive and you may be responsible for shipping the equipment. You may need to arrive early at the dock to verify equipment delivery.

 

Taking oxygen on Amtrak

Amtrak with Oxygen

Amtrak with Oxygen

Traveling on Amtrak is much less complicated than air or cruising. The most circuital step is to contact Amtrak to let them know that you will be traveling with supplemental oxygen. They will allow you to bring your own supplemental oxygen on the train with you. By notifying Amtrak they will be sure to schedule you in a non-smoking car and ensure that you have ample room available for your supplies. Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for departure on Amtrak:

  • Amtrak will provide you with “Access Amtrak” booklet that will explain the rules of traveling on Amtrak. Contact Amtrak for a free copy.
  • Inform them that you will be traveling with oxygen and will need it at all times during the trip.
  • Be specific in asking them if there are any special regulations or accommodations you will need once settled.
  • If you are in need of assistance, be sure to let Amtrak know prior to boarding.
  • Safety Requirements Include:
    • Equipment must be Underwriter's Laboratory (U.L.) or Factory Mutual (F.M.) listed.
    • Cannot rely solely on train-provided electrical power. Must have at least a 12-hour backup supply of oxygen and batter power.
    • Take at least an additional 20% more oxygen than estimated to complete the trip. If you are needing a refill during the trip please contact Freedom Link® to arrange a provider to refill at a station or once you have reached your destination.
    • Each tank & associated equipment must not weigh more than 75 pounds per unit.
    • If you have a two-tank system, it must be able to be taken apart and handled individually. Limit of two 75-pound or six 20-pound tanks are allowed per passenger.
    • Wheels must be removed while on train.
    • Must be setting in a non-smoking car. If none are available you will be prohibited to travel on that train.
  • Click to read AMTRAK medical equipment requirements.

 

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