Portable Oxygen Concentrators : Frequently Asked Question #1

Can I carry and use a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on board my flight?

Most clients are unsure or can be overcome by all the small print on travel websites and the rules when flying abroad to other countries worldwide. Airlines all differ but we can help with most questions on portable oxygen concentrators being the medical oxygen experts when travelling. Oxygen Worldwide can also offer a FREE back up service which allows our customers to receive 24 hour service in case of emergency with replacing oxygen or the machine when on holiday or away from home.

Ryan air allow the following guidelines when flying on their air carriers with portable oxygen concentrators:

Carriage of a POC:

If you wish to carry a POC please contact our Special Assistance line <http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/contacting-customer-service> to obtain prior approval.  Passengers carrying a POC should obtain a Medical Equipment Approval & Baggage Waiver letter by calling the Special Assistance line <http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/contacting-customer-service> . This approval & waiver letter must be presented at the Bag Drop desk or at the boarding gate if travelling with no checked baggage.

Use of POC during Flight:

If you wish to use a POC during flight please contact our Special Assistance line <http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/contacting-customer-service>  to obtain prior approval, for the use onboard you will be required to complete a ‘Fit to Fly’ form which will be sent to the passenger once the requirement has been notified to our Special Assistance Line.

This completed “Fit to Fly’ form must be returned to Ryanair between 14 up to 2 days prior to travel for validation. The validated “Fit to Fly form must be carried by the passenger on all flights and produced to our cabin crew on boarding the aircraft.

If the POC is to be used onboard it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have a sufficient number of fully charged batteries for the duration of the flight and any possible delays, as POC or batteries cannot be charged on board.

Click here for important battery information <http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/important-information-for-the-carriage-of-batteries-for-assistive-devices>
N.B.  An oxygen concentrator should not be confused with either compressed oxygen or an oxygen generator which are not permitted to be brought onto a Ryanair aircraft.

If you need help, advice or would like to register for our FREE back up service please contact one of our customer service team for enquiries and quotes on info@oxygenworldwide.com for all you portable oxygen concentrator needs, advice and enjoy your travels and planning with all you questions answered.

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3 thoughts on “Portable Oxygen Concentrators : Frequently Asked Question #1

  1. Oxygen Concentrator April 8, 2012 / 4:04 pm

    I am currently looking for a portable oxygen concentrator for my mom.She uses the filled tank kind right now.Does anyone know what type of portable concentrator she could use.When I say portable I mean like the AirSep,Invacare,Alliance,and DeVilbiss.
    Thanks in advance

    I have been looking into oxygen concentrators. I am debating buying a refurbished one. I am not sure if I should buy new and get the longer warranty or buy the refurbished one with a 6 month warranty. and get a much better price. Any advice would be appreciated

    • oxygenworldwide April 9, 2012 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you for your comment and one of our care team at Oxygen Worldwide will be in touch as soon as possible with some helpful and expert recommendations.

    • oxygenworldwide April 10, 2012 / 9:00 pm

      Dear Crissy,

      We are not sure what to advice you as we do not see any portable oxygen concentrators on this site. But anyhow, we suggest you buy a new one as they generally break down quickly as we know out of experience and therefore a longer warranty period will be useful. Oxygen Worldwide organise a S.O.S. Worldwide Back-Up service for people travelling with Portable oxygen concentrators in case of failure during their travels. Anyone can register for FREE for this servcie on http://www.oxygenworldwide.com.

      Regards, Rutger Berntsen.
      Operation manager.
      Oxygen Worldwide.

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