National Jewish Health notes that one of the reasons why so many patients opt for a POC is that it makes air travel easier. Most airlines allow POCs for passengers to access in flight and many different styles of POC have been approved by the FAA for this purpose. However, it is important that patients talk to their oxygen company at least two weeks before flying so that they can obtain the required documentation for their flight; they should also contact the airline itself to make sure that they are aware that a POC will be brought aboard. Also, it may be necessary to buy or rent batteries from the oxygen company ensure there are enough batteries to last the entire length of the flight.
Oxygen therapy is an important part of disease management for many respiratory conditions. POCs can be an important part of a plan of care to maintain the highest possible degree of health and wellness and make activities like air travel more accessible.