Travel with oxygen

Airlines Policy for oxygen devices on board

European Airlines Oxygen Policy

America's Airlines Oxygen Policy

Asia Pacific Airlines Oxygen Policy

China - North China Airlines Oxygen Policy

Africa & Middle East Airlines Oxygen Policy

Tips for flying with oxygen

Airlines Oxygen Policy – Travel with oxygen

There are some airlines that restrict any kind of oxygen device on board.
We searched  the oxygen policy of all 280 airlines IATA* members, to find out their supplemental oxygen policy.

Most airlines require you to bring your own portable oxygen concentrator, but not all concentrators are allowed by all airlines.

Each airline maintains a list of which portable oxygen concentrators they will allow on board. A small number of airlines will provide you with oxygen on board. There is usually a charge to use an airline’s oxygen. Airlines will not allow you to bring filled oxygen tanks (green cylinders) or liquid oxygen onto the plane.

Be aware of the airline’s specific requirements regarding which oxygen concentrators are allowed and what paperwork is required. Contact your airline for further information.

Below you will find a list of airlines, members of IATA, that have an oxygen on board policy.

Click on the airline’s name and you will be transferred directly to their relative oxygens policy page. (Airlines that don’t have any relevant information online are not mentioned below).

*IATA (International Air Transport Association) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic.

The FAA requires you to have battery life equal to 150% of your expected travel time. Be sure to bring enough batteries – and make sure they are fully charged! The airplane may or may not have an electrical outlet available if your batteries run out. You should also factor in time needed to travel to the airport, waiting to board, layovers, and traveling from the airport to your destination after arrival. 

Air carriers conducting passenger service must permit someone with a disability to use an FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on all flights (on aircraft originally designed to have a maximum passenger capacity of more than 19 seats). The device must meet applicable FAA requirements for medical portable electronic devices (M-PED) and display a manufacturer’s label that indicates the device meets those FAA requirements.

Ask your doctor if you should monitor your oxygen level in flight with a pulse oximeter.


European Airlines Oxygen Policy

  1. adria – slovenia – no oxygen in flight

  2. aegean – greece – yes oxygen

  3. aerlingus – ireland – yes oxygen

  4. aeroflot – russian federation (no oxygen policy)

  5. air astana – kazakstan (no oxygen policy)

  6. air baltic – latvia – yes oxygen

  7. air corsica – france

  8. air france – france – yes oxygen

  9. air malta – malta –yes oxygen

  10. air moldova – republic of moldova (no oxygen policy)

  11. air serbia – serbia – yes oxygen

  12. alitalia – italy – yes oxygen

  13. atlas global – turkey –yes oxygen

  14. azerbaijan airlines – yes oxygen

  15. BH air – bulgaria – (no oxygen policy)

  16. Binter canarias – spain(no oxygen policy)

  17. blue air – romania (no oxygen policy)

  18. blue panorama airlines – italy –(no oxygen policy)

  19. bmi regional – uk – yes

  20. british airlines – uk – yes

  21. brussels airlines – belgium – yes

  22. bulgaria air – bulgaria (no oxygen policy)

  23. carpatair – romania (no oxygen policy)

  24. cobalt air – cuprys – (no oxygen policy)

  25. condor – germany – yes

  26. corendon airlines – turkey – (no oxygen policy)

  27. corsair – france (no oxygen policy)

  28. croatia airlines – croatia – yes

  29. austrian airlines – austria (no oxygen policy)

  30. chech airlines – czech republic (no oxygen policy)

  31. el al – israel (no oxygen policy)

  32. evelop airlines – spain (no oxygen policy)

  33. finnair – finland – yes

  34. flybe – uk – yes

  35. germania – germany – yes

  36. iberia – spain – yes

  37. icelandair – iceland – yes

  38. Israir Airlines – israel (no oxygen policy)

  39. klm – netherlands – yes

  40. LOT Polish Airlines – poland –yes

  41. Lufthansa – germany – yes

  42. luxair – Luxembourg (no oxygen policy)

  43. neos – italy – yes

  44. nextjet – sweden – yes

  45. olympic air – greece – yes

  46. onur air – turkey (no oxygen policy)

  47. Pegasus Airlines – turkey

  48. Tap air portugal – portugal yes

  49. Rossiya Airlines – Russian Federation – yes

  50. sas – sweden – yes

  51. sata – portugal – yes

  52. swiss – Switzerland –

  53. tarom – romania – yes

  54. Turkish Airlines – turkey – yes

  55. TUIfly – germany (no oxygen policy)

  56. Ukraine International Airlines – ukraine – yes –

  57. Ural Airlines – russian federation – (no oxygen policy)

  58. Uzbekistan Airways – Uzbekistan (no oxygen policy)

  59. Virgin Atlantic – uk – yes

  60. Vueling – spain (no oxygen policy)

  61. Wideroe – norway – yes

Airlines Oxygen Policy AMERICA

If you are traveling outside the United States, different regulations may apply. Contact your airline for guidance. And remember to bring the correct electrical plug adapter for the country you are visiting.

  1. copa airlines – panama – yes

  2. Aerolineas Argentinas – argentina – yes

  3. Aeromexico – mexico – yes

  4. air canada – canada – yes

  5. Air Transat – canada – yes

  6. Alaska Airlines – usa – yes

  7. american airlines – usa – yes

  8. Avianca – south america –yes

  9. Azul Brazilian Airlines – brazil (no oxygen policy)

  10. Bahamasair – bahamas – no oxygen i n flight-

  11. Caribbean Airlines – Trinidad and Tobago – yes

  12. Cayman Airways – Cayman Islands

  13. Delta Air Lines – usa – yes

  14. Hawaiian Airlines – usa- yes

  15. JetBlue – usa- yes,Kb=askBlue,case=obj%28272324%29

  16. latam airlines – south america – yes

  17. LIAT Airlines – Antigua and Barbuda – yes

  18. Santa Barbara Airlines – Venezuela

  19. united airlines – usa – yes

  20. volaris – mexico – yes

  21. WestJet – canada – yes


ASIA – PACIFIC Airlines Oxygen Policy 

  1. air india – india – yes

  2. Air New Zealand – new zealand – yes

  3. Air Niugini – Independent State of Papua New Guinea

  4. Air Tahiti – French Polynesia – yes

  5. Aircalin – New Caledonia – yes

  6. All Nippon Airways -japan – yes

  7. Asiana – korea – yes

  8. Bangkok Air – Thailand – yes

  9. Cambodia Angkor Air – Cambodia – yes

  10. Fiji Airways – Fiji –

  11. Japan Airlines japan – yes

  12. Jet Airways – India –

  13. Korean Air – korea

  14. Malaysia Airlines – malaysia –

  15. Malindo Air – malaysia –

  16. Philippine Airlines – Philippines – yes

  17. PIA – Pakistan

  18. Qantas – Australia – yes

  19. Royal Brunei – Brunei Darussalam – yes

  20. Singapore Airlines – Singapore – yes

  21. Silkair – Singapore – yes

  22. SriLankan – SriLanka

  23. Thai Airways International – Thailand

  24. Vietjet – Vietnam–vietjetvj

  25. Vietnam Airlines – Vietnam

  26. Virgin Australia – australia


CHINA & NORTH ASIA Airlines Oxygen Policy 


  1. Air China – China (People’s Republic of) – YES

  2. Air Koryo – Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of – YES

  3. Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong SAR, China – YES

  4. China Airlines – Chinese Taipei – YES

  5. China Eastern – China (People’s Republic of) – YES

  6. China Southern Airlines – China (People’s Republic of)

  7. EVA Air – Chinese Taipei – YES

  8. Hong Kong Airlines – Hong Kong SAR, China – YES

  9. MIAT – Mongolia

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST Airlines Oxygen Policy

  1. Air Austral – Réunion

  2. Air Madagascar – Madagascar

  3. Air Mauritius – Mauritius

  4. Air Seychelles – Seychelles – YES

  5. Arik Air – Nigeria

  6. Egyptair – Egypt – YES

  7. Emirates – United Arab Emirates – YES

  8. Ethiopian Airlines – Ethiopia – YES

  9. Etihad Airways – United Arab Emirates – YES

  10. Gulf Air – Bahrain

  11. Iran Air – Iran, Islamic Republic of

  12. Jazeera Airways – Kuwait

  13. Kenya Airways – Kenya – yes

  14. Middle East Airlines – Lebanon

  15. Nesma Airlines – Egypt

  16. Overland Airways – Nigeria – no

  17. Precision Air – Tanzania, United Republic of – yes

  18. Qatar Airways – Qatar – yes

  19. Royal Air Maroc – Morocco – yes

  20. Royal Jordanian -Jordan –

  21. RwandAir -Rwanda

  22. South African Airways SAA – South Africa – yes

  23. Safair -South Africa – yes

  24. Safi Airways -Afghanistan – yes

  25. Saudi Arabian Airlines – Saudi Arabia – yes

  26. South African Express Airways – South Africa

  27. TAAG – Angola Airlines – Angola

There are several major airlines that are not IATA (International Air Transport Association) members.

Lets take a look some examples and their oxygen in flight policy.

Ryanair, Southwest Airlines, AirAsia, EasyJet, and JetBlue Airways – accept passengers who require oxygen on board. However, their policies and procedures for oxygen vary, and passengers who require oxygen should contact the airline directly to make arrangements and receive approval before traveling.

It is important to note that airlines may have specific requirements and restrictions for passengers who need oxygen, such as requiring a medical certificate or limiting the types of oxygen equipment that are allowed on board. It is always best to check with the airline well in advance of the flight to ensure that all necessary arrangements have been made.

  1. Ryanair:
  2. Southwest Airlines:
  3. AirAsia:
  4. EasyJet:
  5. JetBlue Airways:

Tips for traveling with Oxygen

Before you make any plans to travel, check with your doctor to determine that you are capable of travel and what extra precautions may be necessary.

Have a copy(s) of your oxygen prescription, including oxygen litre flow and hours of use, with you at all times as well as a current list of medications you are receiving. Make several copies of the prescription and medication list as you may need to present a copy to flight attendants or oxygen suppliers during your travel.

Since commercial airplane cabins are usually pressurized to an elevation equivalent to about 1,5002,500 meters (about 5,000-8,000 feet), you will be breathing less oxygen while in-flight. You might need an increase in the oxygen flow rate during air travel, your doctor will know. Be sure to talk to the doctor about this so you have no discomfort breathing during the flight.

You may also require a physician statement indicating your ability to travel, travel itinerary (general) and oxygen flow rates. If arranging your travel through a travel agent, make sure to inform them you will be travelling with oxygen before you book your trip. Contact your oxygen supplier and notify them of your travel plans and they may be able to assist you with your oxygen needs during your trip. Avoid travel travelling to locations at high elevations as these may make your breathing more difficult. There will be costs when travelling with oxygen. Your government oxygen program or private pay health insurance or other payers does not cover this.

Before Purchasing Tickets Inform airline that you will be travelling with your portable oxygen concentrator. Determine the requirements for batteries for your desired travel dates and locations. Confirm that your plane will have available electrical power onboard. Request seating with an available power port. Ensure that you have sufficient battery power for the duration of your flight, including a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays. Fly non-stop if possible. This eliminates the hassle of arranging for oxygen deliveries to the airport which results in extra charges.

Day of flight with portable oxygen

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

Ensure your POC 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 POC for the duration of the flight plus a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays. Contact your equipment provider to obtain additional POC batteries.

Extra batteries must be carefully packed in your carry-on. You must ensure that terminals on batteries are taped and protected from coming in contact with other items (Some batteries have recessed terminals, which do not need to be taped). You will not be allowed to bring your batteries with you if they are not packed properly. Your portable oxygen concentrator and extra batteries are considered medical devices. While they will need to be screened by TSA personnel they will not be counted against your carry-on baggage allowance.

You will need to plan ahead and bring enough batteries to power your POC for your entire flight, including gate time, taxi time, take off, in-air time and landing

Airlines may not be equipped to provide backup oxygen.

Regional/Commuter airlines do not offer on-board 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 Oxygen equipment.

While waiting to board your flight, you may be able to conserve battery power by powering your POC from an electrical outlet in the airport terminal.

During your flight with portable oxygen

FAA regulations also describe where passengers using POC’s must sit & where they must stow their POC’s. Passengers using POC’s may not sit in exit rows, nor may their POC block another passenger’s access to seats or to the airplanes aisles. You must be able to see the alarm lights on your POC when it is stowed. Air carriers are not required to let you plug your POC into the planes electrical system.

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 power supply or AC power supply, ask a flight attendant for assistance.

You must remove the battery from the concentrator when operating the POC using an aircraft power port.

While FAA regulations do not require that you tell your air carrier about your Portable Oxygen Concentrator in advance, nearly all airlines ask that they be notified at least 48 hours in advance to travel. In order to bring your POC onto the plane with you, you will need to furnish a copy of a physician’s order for your airline. You should check with your airline before obtaining this order from your doctor, some airlines have forms that they require you use.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse on this website, you accept the use of cookies for the above purposes.

Skip to content