TRAVEL WITH OXYGEN
Some cylinders have a flow meter that adjusts from two liters to eight liters, while others offer either a low flow (2LM) or high flow (4LM). You cannot check oxygen containers with baggage, but most airlines will allow you to carry an empty portable tank either on board or checked with baggage.
Tips for planning air travel
CruisesMost cruise lines will accept passengers who require oxygen. Advance notice of at least 10 days is required. A doctors letter is required and you must arrange and provide you own equipment and oxygen. To get specific requirements of the cruise line of your choice, contact their reservation number and ask for special services or medical department. If you would like to go on a cruise, but would like to have support available, Medical Travel offers a variety of group sailings each year designed specifically for oxygen users.
Medical Travel, Inc.
16555 White Orchid Lane - Delray Beach - Florida 33446
1.800.778.7953 (Toll Free) - 561.921.0496 (Wk) - 561.921.0009 (Fax)
Website: http://www.medicaltravel.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Train Travel - AmtrakOxygen equipment can be brought on board, but you cannot rely solely on on-board electrical power. You must have at least a 12 hour backup supply of oxygen that does not require the use of on-board electrical power. Oxygen tanks and associated equipment must be underwriter's Laboratory (U.L.) or Factory Mutual (F.M.) listed. No more than two 75 pound or six 20 pound tanks are permitted on-board per passenger.
You should be aware of the total time of your trip so you can bring an adequate supply. You should also bring at least 20% additional in case of delays. If you are unable to bring enough oxygen (which maybe necessary if your oxygen is in use continuously), you will need to arrange with oxygen supply companies to resupply you at enroute stations. Check with a reservation sales agent to be sure that your train is stopping at those stations long enough to allow for the oxygen delivery.
You must notify Amtrak that you will be bringing oxygen on-board at least 12 hours in advance, but I highly recommend that you make your reservations as far in advance as possible and confirm the arrangements a day or two prior to departure.
For further details and restriction contact:
Bus Travel - GreyhoundYou must give Greyhound 48 hours notice if you are traveling with oxygen. However, it is a good idea to make reservations as far in advance as possible. When you're making reservations, ask to speak with someone in the Greyhound customer relations department. Request a copy of "Traffic Bulletin TFB2-86," which details Greyhound's policy for passengers traveling with oxygen. For more information contact:
P.O. Box 660362
Dallas, TX 75266-0362
(800) 822-2662 or (800) 752-4841, Customer Relations
Resources for Arranging Oxygen for When Traveling
An website called "Breathin Easy" has listings of oxygen suppliers located throughout North America at http://www.breathineasy.com. The directory is also in a printed form. Details on how to get a copy can be found on their web site.
Travel agents that specialize in trip planning for travelers with special needs often can assist with arranging oxygen.
The following companies can arrange oxygen in a growing number of destinations around the world. They do charge a fee for the service, but will take care of all the details.
The Oxygen Traveler
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