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Even Though Oxygen is Flowing

the plastic bag does not inflate.

oxygen bag

This is the view from my seat when we lost pressure. Disclosure – in my attempt to avoid “gone fishing” posts, I try to set up my next few blog postings in advance when I take any vacation time. A couple weeks back was such a time. So, while I was on this plane with my family, with no warning at all, the bags came down. The pilot quickly came on to advise that we were losing pressure and that he had to drop to 10,000 feet while we wore the masks. In the end, this was a simple pump failure and at no time were we really at any risk, but of course the thoughts that run through your mind are not so rational. I took the shot above once we were told we were OK to take the mask off. The red X you see on the canister is because the canister gets quite hot, and there’s a bit of a burning smell. They don’t tell you that in the warning pre-flight.


  • JAL March 5, 2008, 9:33 am


    Did you have to spend the rest of the flight with the oxygen mask panel hanging down or were you allowed to stow it?



  • JOE March 5, 2008, 11:48 am

    There was no putting it back. We took the mask off once we went down to 10,000 feet, but the masks just hung there till we landed. They took the plane down pretty quick, and we caught a different plane.
    (Thanks for reading)
    – Joe

  • Lin Ennis February 25, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Wow! What an experience.

    It’s good to see what those things look like. I imagine they were in the way while trying to stand and deplane!


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