Flying with Oxygen

There are limitations to bringing medical equipment onboard airplanes, especially when flying in a small aircraft. On your LifeLine Pilots flight, you will be flying in a small 4- or 6-seat aircraft with no cargo area. All equipment must be small, portable, comply with FAA regulations, and have the ability to be secured while in the airplane.

Oxygen is the most common medical equipment passengers need for travel. Here are important points to remember when bringing oxygen on your flight:

  1. Passengers must notify LifeLine Pilots of what equipment they will be bringing on the plane and provide photographs upon request. Their physician should also explain what medical equipment is needed in the Physician’s Release.
  2. All Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) must comply with the acceptable criteria under FAA regulations. Passenger oxygen cylinders are NOT permitted. They contain pressurized gases and are considered hazardous materials.
  3. Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators must be handheld or carried by strap/ backpack.
  4. Passengers must have enough batteries to power the POC for 150% of the trip, as per FAA regulations.
  5. Pilots must be able to inspect oxygen before boarding the plane and will have final approval.

A POC may be available for rent from an outside provider. Click here for more information:

Find more tips for flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator here.