How to prepare when flying with oxygen
In order to have a smooth and trouble-free journey when you fly, follow these simple guidelines to help you prepare for your flight.
Get tested by your Doctor
Your doctor will test you to see your current health, the Hypoxic Challenge also known as 'Fit to Fly', recreates the oxygen levels on an aircraft and measures how your body responds. The test will involve you breathing in air containing less oxygen than normal and seeing how it affects you in a controlled environment. The results of the test will show if you need additional oxygen when you fly.
Inform your airline
If you feel your oxygen levels may be low in the air or a doctor has already tested you and advised you in taking a POC. You need to now speak to your airline about their policy in taking one onboard and also you can ask if they emergency provide in-flight oxygen, which you will often have to pay for. If you aren't sure whether an airline allows oxygen onboard, click here for some examples, or contact Alternative Airlines and we can give you all the information you need before you make the final booking.
Check your insurance
We recommend that you look at your current level of medical insurance in regard to your health. If you are not fully covered, it is then important for you to look into upgrading in order to cover yourself in the case of any event.
Take with you a POC
It's important to remember to take with you a fully charged POC whether you own or on rent in order to last you through your journey. Also, remember to take with you a bag that stores your POC and that it is easily available for inspection by the airport security officers. Airlines recommend taking extra batteries for your POC in case your flight is delayed and you have access to oxygen. Also, we recommend taking with you a spare POC in your hold luggage so that there's no worry about a POC being lost or broken.