One of the most common forms of travel today is air travel. For oxygen users, this can present a special challenge. If you're healthy enough not to need in-flight oxygen, you may still need to connect with an oxygen provider at the airport. After all, you can't check your oxygen tank as though it's baggage. Here are the steps you should take while making travel arrangements, courtesy of Mobility International USA.
• Notify the airline that you'll need oxygen at the airport when you land in your destination city or while you wait for a layover flight. Learn the airport’s policies regarding your oxygen supplier meeting you at the gate as you step off the plane.
• Contact your local oxygen supplier and let them know your intent to travel. Request that they contact an office in their network and make arrangements for you to have oxygen at the city you’re visiting.
• You can also find out more about the oxygen suppliers located in your destination city by checking with your local hospital or asking a travel agent to assist you.
• Provide your oxygen supplier with pertinent information as soon as possible, such as the airline you’re flying, departure and arrival dates, times and gate numbers, flight numbers and the oxygen equipment you require.
• Look for flights that arrive during your oxygen supplier’s normal business hours so it’s easy for a representative to meet you at the gate.
• Have the phone number of a local oxygen supply office with you in case an unforeseen event occurs or if no representative is waiting for you when you arrive.
No matter the reason for your travels, you shouldn’t let your supplementary oxygen stop you from having a good time. To learn more about traveling with oxygen, please download the free guide, "Traveling with Oxygen Made Easy" today.
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