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 3440-3499 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 us at Alaska Airlines Reservations 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.
If you are using POC, you must have a signed statement from your doctor on the doctor's letterhead. Your doctor can draft his/her own letter but we recommend using our Physician's Consent Form (PDF File is 49k).
Prior to boarding, you must present a completed Physician's Consent Form or signed statement to an agent at the boarding gate.
The Physician's Consent Form must verify:
- That you are able to operate the POC, as well as recognize and respond appropriately to its alarm.
- In which phases of the flight that the POC use is necessary (taxi, take-off, in-flight, landing).
- 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).
You must keep the Physician's Consent Form on your person at all times during your journey. The Physician's Consent Form must be updated whenever your health changes in such a way that affects your fitness to fly with supplemental oxygen.
You should be aware that Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) may be identified by manufacturers using part numbers, model numbers or kit numbers. POC’s may be sold individually or in kits. The kit part numbers maybe different than the actual POC name and model number that is included in the kit.
At Alaska, we identify the name and model of the actual POC that has been approved by the FAA. Please use the identification from the label attached directly to the POC when identifying if your POC is approved for use in flight.
We accept the following oxygen concentrating devices on domestic and international flights:
- AirSep Models
- Freestyle 5
- Delphi RS-00400
- DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
- Inogen Models
- Inova Labs Models (Also known as International Biophysics)
- LifeChoice Activox
- Invacare Corporation Models
- SOLO 2
- Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
- Oxus RS-00400
- Precision Medical EasyPulse
- Respironics Models
- SeQual Models
- eQuinox (Model 4000)
- Oxywell (Model 4000)
- SAROS (not approved for use on Q400 aircraft)
- VBOX Trooper
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.
You are required to provide and know how to use rented or owned "approved" Portable Oxygen Concentrators for use onboard, as we do not provide this equipment.
You must bring an ample supply of fully charged batteries to power your POC for duration of the flight and ground connection time, plus one additional battery for unanticipated delays.
You 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 us at Alaska Airlines Reservations 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services)
Please note: In order to comply with Safety Regulations, when using a POC, you 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 you). POC may be used during takeoff/landing as long as it remains stowed under seat in front of you.
Ventilators, Respirators, and CPAP Machines
You may carry and use onboard portable electronic personal ventilators, respirators, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines that are approved by the FAA, at no charge, in accordance with specific FAA guidelines.
We require forty-eight (48) hours minimum advance notification to use a device onboard. Please notify Alaska Airlines Reservations if you plan to use a ventilator, respirator or CPAP machine onboard. Our reservation agent 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. We currently allow devices not meeting the new labeling requirements, provided that 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, you must travel with an ample supply of fully charged batteries for the flight and connection time, plus 3 extra hours of battery life to cover any unforeseen delays. Additionally, when using a ventilator or respirator, you should travel with backup manually-operated supplies in case of failure of your electronic equipment enroute. We do not carry such equipment onboard 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.