Oxygen and Respiratory Devices
Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC)
Portable Oxygen Concentrator service may be arranged for Alaska Airlines flight numbers 001-999, 2000-2999 and 3450-3499 only. For service on any codeshare or subcontractor flights, please contact the operating carrier directly.
While it is not necessary to provide advance notice that you will be using a portable oxygen concentrator (POC), we strongly recommend 48 hours advance notice. Letting us know in advance will generally result in a smoother trip. Once your travel plans are confirmed, please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services)
so we may document that you will be using your "approved" POC during your flight.
A customer using a POC must have a signed written doctor's statement from his/her physician on the physician's letterhead. You may have your physician draft his/her own letter but Alaska Airlines recommends having your physician select the following link to print and fill out our Physician's Consent Form (PDF File is 49k).
Prior to boarding, the customer must present the Physician's Consent Form or their physician's statement to an Alaska Airlines employee.
- Patient is able to operate the POC and recognize and respond appropriately to its alarm.
- The phases of the flight, (taxi, take-off, in-flight, landing) during which use of the POC will be necessary.
- The maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions (cabins are pressurized to an altitude of 8,000 feet).
Patient understands that he/she must bring an ample supply of fully charged batteries to power the POC for duration of the flight and ground connection time, plus one additional battery for unanticipated delays.
You must keep the Physician's Consent Form on your person at all times during your journey. An updated Physician's Consent Form must be completed whenever the patient's health changes in such a way that affects his/her fitness to fly with supplemental oxygen.
Alaska Airlines accepts the following oxygen concentrating devices on domestic and international flights:
- AirSep Focus
- AirSep Freestyle
- AirSep Freestyle 5
- AirSep Lifestyle
- DeVilbiss iGo
- Inogen One
- Inogen One G2
- Inogen One G3
- Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
- Invacare Corporation's SOLO2
- Invacare Corporation's XPO2
- Invacare Corporation's XPO100
- Invacare Corporation's XPO100B
- Lifechoice XYC100 manufactured by Inova Labs (also known as International Biophysics Lifechoice)
- Oxlife Independence
- Oxus RS-00400 (also known as Delphi Medical Systems RS-00400)
- Precision Medical EasyPulse
- Respironics EverGo
- Respironics SimplyGo
- SeQual Eclipse (Model 1000)
- SeQual Eclipse 2 (Model 1000A)
- SeQual Eclipse 3 (Model 1000B)
- SeQual Eclipse 5 (Model 1000B)
- SeQual SAROS (not approved for use on Q400 aircraft)
Other POC brands and models may be carried in the cabin with the batteries removed, if they meet the carry-on size and weight requirements.
Customers are required to provide and know how to use rented or owned "approved" Portable Oxygen Concentrators for use onboard, as Alaska Airlines does not provide this equipment. Any Customer wishing to use a POC must ensure that he/she has ample, fully charged batteries to power the POC for the duration of the flight and ground connection time where the POC is planned to be used (per manufacturer's recommendation), plus one additional battery for unanticipated delays. Alaska Airlines does not have electrical power or spare batteries available for customers' use onboard our aircraft.
Customers must ensure that all extra batteries are properly protected from short-circuiting by having recessed battery terminals or by packaging the batteries so they do not contact metal objects, including the terminals of other batteries.
For questions regarding POC usage, please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services)
Please note: In order to comply with Safety Regulations, customers using a POC shall be seated in a seat closest to the window and may not occupy the emergency exit or the bulkhead row (unit must be stored under seat in front of the passenger). POC may be used during take off/landing as long as it is remains stowed under seat in front of the passenger.
Ventilators, Respirators, and CPAP Machines
Portable electronic personal ventilators, respirators, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines approved by the FAA may be carried and used on board Alaska Airlines, at no charge, in accordance with specific FAA guidelines.
A forty-eight (48) hour minimum advance notification to reservations is required for customers using a ventilator, respirator or CPAP machine onboard. Reservations will ensure the device you are planning to use is on the list of current, approved devices and will provide guidance on the number of batteries you will need for your flight.
The U.S. Department of Transportation/FAA permits air carriers to accept only those devices with manufacturer labeling indicating the device meets FAA requirements. Alaska Airlines currently allows devices not meeting the new labeling requirements, providing the device is on our list of approved devices. Please contact Alaska Airlines reservations for questions regarding the approved list.
Please note that aircraft in-seat electrical power is not available for ventilators, respirators or CPAP machines. Therefore, customers must have an ample supply of fully charged batteries plus 3 hours of extra battery time for the flight to cover any unforeseen delays. Additionally, customers using a ventilator or respirator should travel with backup manually-operated supplies in case of failure of their electronic equipment en-route. Alaska Airlines does not carry such equipment on-board our aircraft.
Ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines are considered assistive devices. They must be stowed and used in the passenger cabin consistent with applicable TSA, FAA and other regulations governing carry-on luggage. Some seating restrictions may be necessary to comply with certain FAA safety rules.