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Air Travel with Oxygen


Airports: most of us have a love/hate relationship with them.  They can be a total nightmare to navigate, and who likes waiting on endless security lines and the idea of lost luggage? Yet, they can be our best friend, as they are often the starting point for an amazing vacation! If your travel includes a cruise, a trip abroad, or even a domestic excursion, flying is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach your port or destination. Planning ahead is always a good idea, but for travelers who require supplemental oxygen while flying, advance preparation is a necessity.

 

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It’s important to note that neither the Air Carrier Access Act nor the Americans with Disabilities act requires that airlines provide passengers with supplemental oxygen. As a result, airline policies regarding supplemental oxygen vary widely. Similarly, federal regulations prohibit passengers from bringing their own oxygen cylinders aboard for use during flight. For this reason, it is vital to contact your airline well in advance of your trip to inquire about airline policy and procedures.
 
Steps to take before your trip:

 

Choosing a POC:
 
Some helpful links:
 
Arrive at the airport early! If you are traveling with respiratory equipment, you must make arrangements for the screening/security checkpoint process. TSA must clear all oxygen equipment before it will be permitted on board. 
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Special Needs Group is certified and licensed to carry all types of oxygen-delivering systems, from traditional gaseous oxygen cylinders in a variety of types and sizes, to liquid oxygen systems, to the newest Personal Oxygen Concentrators (POCs). Additionally, our staff is trained to ask the right questions to insure that passengers get the oxygen they need, and, more importantly, have it delivered using a method they know and understand.
 
Planning a trip with supplemental oxygen? We’re here to help! Be sure to give us a call at 1.800.513.4515.
 
Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Sea  is the leading global provider for Special Needs travel. We offer a broad range of Special Needs equipment for purchase and rental including wheelchairs, scooters, power chairs, oxygen, baby cribs, and more. We are recommended by ALL major cruise lines for superior service and value. Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers. For more info, visit www.specialneedsgroup.com.
 
 
 
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
 
August 22, 2012
 

 

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