On July 12, 2005 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SEAR) 106 in the Federal Register (vol. 70, no. 132).
The new regulation provides the airlines, passengers and device manufacturers with the rules for use of portable oxygen concentrator systems (POCs) onboard aircraft. The rule became effective August 11, 2005 and is expected to have a major impact on travel for long term oxygen therapy (LOLT) users.
Conservative estimates suggest this new ruling will add more than 50,000 new air travelers annually. As more LTOT travelers hit the skies, more questions will develop regarding the effects of altitude on persons with lung, disease and those requiring supplemental oxygen at ground level.
This document was developed to provide clinicians with basic information regarding the potential physiologic effects of altitude on persons with lung disease.