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Passengers Traveling With Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines


Medical-grade oxygen is generally stored in high-pressure gas cylinders and these are considered dangerous goods in air transportation. The CAAC does not permit passengers to carry any equipment used in the storage, production or distribution of oxygen for use on board the aircraft. Passengers traveling on routes operated by Air China in North America may carry POCs and CPAP machines on board to improve comfort while at cruising altitude.

Passengers who require access to a POC for the whole of their journey should contact an Air China ticket office at least 48 hours before the scheduled flight departure to submit a request. Passengers must ensure that the POC model they are using is certified and authorized for use by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a valid identifier must also be affixed to the exterior of the POC itself. In addition, the total runtime of the batteries and additional batteries carried with the POC must be no less than 3 hours in excess of the entire duration of the scheduled flight. Passengers will also need to fill out a Passenger Notification Letter and provide a medical certificate when they check in. This certificate must be issued no earlier than 10 days prior to the scheduled flight departure (not counting the date of departure) and demonstrate that the passenger requires the continuous use of a POC device and is fit for travel.

The Passenger Notification Letter and the specific requirements therein can be found in the attachment.

Attachment: Passenger Notification Letter
 
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