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Flying with Southwest Airlines and Portable Oxygen Concentrators

For those who use oxygen supplementation, air travel was once an impossible dream. The flammable nature of oxygen made it a safety liability for air travel. Thankfully, today, the Department of Transportation allows for the use of portable oxygen concentrators that have been Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved, though exact regulations may differ from airline to airline.


Southwest Airlines recommends that patients using travel oxygen inform them 48 hours in advance in order to help the airliner prepare for the passenger's needs.


When booking through the Southwest Airlines website, there is an option to add disability options to the booking and type in requests for assistance if needed. For flights already booked, users can opt to manage your reservations and add disability details after the fact. Those who need additional help can also call the airline at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA. It is also easy to read up on Southwest Airlines’ additional policies directly on their website so preparations can be made.


FAA rules require that those bringing travel oxygen onto flights must have 150% of their flight time in battery life. For example, on a 2-hour flight, users will need 3 hours worth of battery. This includes layovers and the process of going through airport checkpoints and security.


If you’re in need of a portable oxygen concentrator for your Southwest Airline flight, we at Liberty Medical are happy to help, and we offer both rentals and sales. We are happy to assist you in obtaining a prescription from your doctor for the flight and can even send the concentrator to you via express shipping nationwide. On top of that, we offer a special Southwest discount and are listed in Southwest Airlines’ recommended providers.


Booking a flight with Southwest Airlines with your portable oxygen concentrator in tow has never been simpler. Contact us 24/7 at 800-375-6060 or visit our website at and we at Liberty Medical are happy to assist you in any way we can.


  1. Anonymous on September 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    It will be very beneficial for the passengers who needs this

  2. Anonymous on October 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Nice Information shared by you. I really appreciate it

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