JetBlue Updates Portable Oxygen Concentrator Policy

Policies for the airlines regarding portable oxygen concentrators can change anytime. Always refer to your airlines website about traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator for the latest details. JetBlue just updated there website with some important information about using a portable oxygen concentrator. Looks like the critical change is the Physician Statement can not be a generic form, it must be a current letter from your doctor with the following information:

  • The user must be able to operate the device and recognize any and all alarms associated with the machine. If the user can not, they must travel with someone who can.
  • The specific phases of flight where the portable oxygen concentrator is needed, ie: taxi, takeoff, cruise, and landing.
  • The max oxygen flow rate corresponding to cabin pressure under normal operating conditions. (JetBlue Cabins are pressurized to 8,000 feet)
  • Must be printed on Physician Letterhead within a year to date of travel
Other important notes are requirements to advise JetBlue reservations of using a portable oxygen concentrator, and letting a JetBlue representative at the airport know that you have the correct equipment and paperwork at least an hour prior to departure.
Another detail is the battery requirements. While most airlines are specific to 150% of the flight time to equal the battery time, JetBlue says to have enough for flight time plus any delays.  Check out our current portable oxygen concentrator battery duration chart here.
Advanced Aeromedical is a great resource for people traveling with oxygen. We rent and sell portable oxygen conentrators, give us a call at 800-346-3556 or send us an email from our website here or at info@aeromedic.com.

 

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