Tips for flying with the SimplyGo and other oxygen concentrators

Tips for flying with the SimplyGo and other oxygen concentrators

Tips for flying with SimplyGo

Flying with supplemental oxygen equipment such as Philips Respironics SimplyGo requires a little bit of planning. Prior to your trip, you should check with your airline for their guidelines. For example, most airlines require you to carry your prescription and a written statement from a physician allowing you to fly. Other guidelines may include:

  • Confirming travel arrangements with the airline 48 to 72 hours in advanceThe ability to hear the portable oxygen concentrator alarms and seethe alarm light indicators, to take the appropriate action in response to these warnings, or travel with a companion capable of doing so
  • Notifying the airline upon check-in, and the flight attendant upon boarding, that you plan on using a portable oxygen concentrator onboard the airplaneMany airlines have special assistance coordinators to help you through the process.

 Travel checklist

  • Bring current oxygen prescription that includes liter flow and duration
  • Take the contact information of your home oxygen provider and/or identify a local homecare provider at each destination
  • Pack power cords and batteries for all electrical equipment
  • Carry extra nasal cannulas and tubing
  • Pack medications in a carry-on bag
  • Bring a complete medication record
  • Locate and bring your insurance cards
  • Secure a summary of your medical history from your physician