If you use canister oxygen, and have a US Airways fight scheduled after November 2, take notice of their new oxygen policy. It’s kind of a good-news, bad-news deal.
First the bad news. As of October 1, 2005 US Airways no longer provides supplemental in-flight oxygen.
The good news? As of November 2, 2005 US Airways became the second airline to allow the use of two portable oxygen concentrators (POC) aboard their aircraft.
Realizing that many people make their holiday flight arrangements in advance, this could possibly put a kink in some holiday travel plans. I’m assuming US Airways already notified passengers who this may affect; however you know what they say about people who assume things.
In any case, take heart. If this applies you, you may be able to rent one of the approved POCs for your trip. I can’t image that costing *any* more than the oxygen service that most airlines provide, so you will probably break even financially. Plus, you’ll be able to use the POC in the terminal, which will result in more savings.
For more information on the approved POC models visit
FAA Approves Two Oxygen Concentrators
And if this affects you, contact US Airways to verify their new POC rules and regulations.
The times, they are a changing.