FAA approves seven more portable oxygen concentrators

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved an additional seven portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) for use aboard aircraft, according to multiple reports.

The newly authorized devices are the AirSep Focus, AirSep Freestyle 5, Inogen One G3, Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox, Respironics Simply Go, Precision Medical EasyPulse, and the SeQual SAROS. POCs are small devices that separate oxygen from nitrogen and other gases in the air and provide oxygen to users at greater than 90% concentration. They do not use compressed or liquid oxygen, which the government classifies as hazardous material. While the additional seven devices brings the total number of approved POCs to 21, the Department of Transportation (DOT) encourages airlines to allow the use of any POC, even if they’re not labeled as FAA-approved, because they pose no safety danger to passengers.