TSA Oxygen Rules 2022: Traveling people with COPD

TSA Oxygen Rules

Travel planning can be especially stressful for people with COPD

Can I bring oxygen on a plane?

Due to safety reasons, the FAA prohibits travelers from carrying their own partially or completely filled oxygen tank or liquid oxygen tank aboard commercial aircraft. However, the FAA does permit passengers to bring empty personal oxygen cylinders on board or as checked baggage
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TSA Oxygen Rules 2022

Medically Necessary Personal Oxygen

Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
Checked Bags: No

You may bring personal medical oxygen cylinders through the screening checkpoint and into the gate area. However, personal medical oxygen cylinders are not permitted in the aircraft cabin as they are considered hazardous materials by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Please contact your airline for instructions on arranging oxygen service. Airlines are not required to provide oxygen service and many do not.

For more prohibited items, please go to the Medical Rules

Are portable oxygen concentrators allowed on airplanes?

The only oxygen equipment allowed on an airplane is the portable oxygen concentrator (POC). If you need oxygen in flight, you must take a portable oxygen concentrator with you, and , you must let your airline know ahead of time. They may require a doctor’s letter to verify the need for the POC on the plane.
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Fingertip Pulse Oximeter with Plethysmograph and Perfusion – TSA Oxygen Rules 2022

Can I take an empty oxygen tank on a plane?

Checked Bags: No  –  Except for personal medical oxygen cylinders, you can only carry an EMPTY compressed gas cylinder onboard a plane. To be permitted (in either carry-on or checked baggage), it must be clearly visible to the TSA officer that the cylinder is empty.
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What airlines allow oxygen tanks?

United Airlines: Like the other two airlines, United allows certain, FAA-approved POCs on board. And like Delta, United requires 48 hours’ notice if you plan to fly with therapeutic oxygen. More Items TSA Rules
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How high can you fly with oxygen?

For best protection, you are encouraged to use supplemental oxygen above 10,000 feet MSL. At night, because vision is particularly sensitive to diminished oxygen, a prudent rule is to use supplemental oxygen when flying above 6,000 feet MSL. So, when you fly at high altitudes, supplemental oxygen is the only solution. TSA Oxygen Rules 2022

Medical Portable Oxygen Cylinder Carrier

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Medical Portable Oxygen Cylinder Carrier – Camera-Style Horizontal Shoulder 

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Travel planning COPD oxygen therapy

Travel planning can be especially stressful for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or other health conditions that require oxygen therapy. The following steps can be helpful with the process:

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  1. Call your local oxygen supplier one to two weeks in advance to arrange for your oxygen supply while you are traveling. Your needs will vary according to your mode of transportation and length of stay at your destination.
  2. If traveling by air, book far in advance because airlines allow only a limited number of people traveling with oxygen per flight.
  3. Take antiseptic hand-washing packets or gel to help avoid picking up bacterial or viral infections. Also wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  4. If you are traveling to an area of high altitude, plan ahead for an oxygen supply at your destination.

To learn more about diagnosing and living well with COPD, read Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Treating emphysema and chronic bronchitis, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. Traveling with oxygen requires advanced planning

Source:  Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School.