What is a POC?
A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is used to provide a convenient oxygen supply for those requiring supplementary oxygen. It is very similar to a home concentrator, but smaller, lighter and easier to carry. The POC makes it more convenient to travel outside one's home, and many are now approved by the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration as carry-on luggage for airline travel.
Resources for supplemental oxygen and inhalersplus
Companies that provide oxygen therapyplus
The AARC has an educational resource called "A Patient's Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery" to help respiratory patients understand today's confusing world of aerosol drug delivery. The growing number of aerosol medications and devices coming to market over the past few years has been great for offering various methods of delivering aerosols, but it has also complicated learning how to take these medications.
Traveling with Oxygen
Oxygen Travel Fund
The Alpha-1 Foundation has an Oxygen Travel Fund that provides oxygen and equipment for Alphas in financial need to travel to their physicians, hospitals and to Alpha-1 educational events.
To learn more about how to apply for support from this fund, please email email@example.com or call 1-877-228-7321 ext. 251.
A minimum of 30 days notice is needed to arrange travel with supplemental oxygen utilizing this program. This fund was made possible by the generosity of CSL Behring and Grifols.
Resources for traveling with oxygenplus
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a program designed to help passengers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA Cares will help make the screening process easier, and will allow travelers to be better prepared upon their arrival to the airport.
Air Charity Network
Air Charity Network is a national volunteer network for patient air transportation.
The National Patient Air Transport Helpline
The National Patient Air Transport Helpline provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals.
Delta Airlines - Economy Comfort at No Extra Charge
A note for anyone traveling by Delta Airlines and flying with oxygen: If you book your flight on Delta in an economy seat, you can then call Delta’s Disability Assistance line, 1-404-209-3434, and the airline will give you economy comfort seating at no extra charge.
While this is a policy of Delta Airlines, if you are flying with oxygen on a different airline, it can’t hurt to ask!
All airline flights which take off or land in the United States are now required to allow DOT-approved POCs to be carried on and used aboard the plane. However, many airlines require notification of POC carry-ons. We suggest you call at least two weeks before your departure. Air travel with oxygen on flights between European countries may be more difficult.
Report a Problem
If you encounter a problem with an airline regarding portable oxygen concentrators, please contact the COPD Helpline at (866) 316-2673.