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Traveling by Air with Inogen One

Supplier: Independent Living Specialists

Traveling by Air

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Check with your airline to make sure they will permit the use of your Inogen One. Some airlines may not permit the use of portable oxygen concentrators like the Inogen One onboard their aircraft. You may also contact Oxygen To Go on 1800 008 267 for assistance.

Arrange for a backup source of oxygen for use at your final destination. Your home healthcare provider will be able to help you coordinate your backup oxygen supply.

Planning Your Flight

You must obtain a signed statement from your physician that includes:

  • Your ability to see/hear alarms and respond appropriately
  • When oxygen use is necessary (all or a portion of the trip)
  • Maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions
  • When flying with the Inogen One you must inform the airline in advance that you will be using your Inogen One onboard the aircraft.
  • Some airlines may equip their aircraft with onboard electrical power. You may have an opportunity to request a seat with a power port which can be used to power your Inogen One. However, availability varies by airline, type of aircraft and class of service. You should check with the airline for availability and always plan on having sufficient battery power for the duration of your flight, plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays.
  • Because aircraft use different power port configurations, your Mobile Power Charger includes two DC power adapters - a commonly used cigarette lighter adapter, and a less common four-pin adapter. Since it is difficult to determine which type of power supply your aircraft will have, it's a good idea to keep both adapters available when flying.
  • If you will be using your Inogen One during the flight, you may not sit in an emergency exit row or in a seat that restricts other passengers' access to an emergency exit or aisle of the passenger compartment.

Before Your Flight

Here are some things to keep in mind the day your flight departs:

  • Ensure your Inogen One is clean, in good condition and free from damage or other signs of excessive wear or abuse.
  • Bring enough fully charged batteries with you to power your Inogen One for the duration of the flight plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays. Contact your equipment provider to obtain additional Inogen One Batteries.
  • Regional/Commuter airlines do not offer onboard electrical power. If your travel plans call for flights on regional airlines, you will need sufficient battery power for the duration of the flight, plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays.
  • Arrive at the airport early. Airport security screening personnel may require extra time to inspect your Inogen One.
  • While waiting to board your flight, you may be able to conserve battery power by using the AC Power Supply to power your Inogen One from an electrical outlet in the airport terminal.
  • You must inform the airline you will be using your Inogen One. Have your physician letter with you and ready for inspection if requested.

During Your Flight

  • When you find your seat, locate the power port, if available. If your seat does not have a power port or if you have difficulty plugging in your Mobile Power Charger, ask a flight attendant for assistance.
  • You must remove the battery from the concentrator when operating the Inogen One using an aircraft power port.
  • During taxi, takeoff and landing, stow your Inogen One under the seat in front of you. Your Inogen One will fit upright under most airline seats. However, if it doesn't fit you may turn it on its side.
  • It is not necessary to turn off your Inogen One during taxi, takeoff and landing if your physician's written statement requires you receive oxygen during these periods.
  • When you are traveling with the Inogen One and are not planning on using it during the flight, remove the battery from the concentrator.

After Your Flight

  • Remember to recharge additional batteries you may have used prior to your next flight.
  • Arrange for the delivery or pick up of your backup oxygen supply.
  • Have Fun. Enjoy your independence.

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