Not sure if this is the right place for this. ------------------- I have just returned from a 4 week trip and wanted to jot down a few notes while the items are still fresh in my mind. This was my first trip using oxygen and as a fairly new oxygen user I had more questions than answers.
Here are a few things I had to research/find out the hard way. I thought it might same someone having to go through all from scratch.
1. You need to get airline approval to carry and use a POC on the airplane. You also need to carry batters to allow for 140% (+/-) of the length of the trip time.
2. Once the airline has given their approval you will need to allow a bit more check in time You can forget checking on on the internet or at the kiosk. It will tell you as a person needing medical assistance you need to go to the counter. This is not an issue, just take a copy of the airline approval with you.
3. Carry your chargers with you. Every chance you can at the airport find one of the charging stations provided for laptops and plug in! Take adapters with you(if needed) for the return flight so you can do the same thing coming home.
4. Remember when in flight the plane with be pressurized to about 6500 ft so you may find the need to some level of oxygen throughout the flight, I know I did.
5. You concentrator will supposedly provide ‘x’ hours of service. Remember that is at ground level and at the cabin pressure you machine might have to work a little harder.
6. It is awkward carrying carryon a POC, and whatever else. I have not yet found an easy way to do it. The extra battery made my carry one heavy so I will have to rethink this for next time.
Overall the oxygen made the plane ride much more comfortable.