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If you plan on use your CPAP or BiPAP Machine in-flight, we recommend you follow these tips to prepare for your trip:
Download a copy of the FAA Compliance Letter. Find the brand of your CPAP/BiPAP machine below and carry it with you while you travel.
A: Absolutely! As a matter of fact, you should always carry-on your CPAP / BiPAP machine as opposed to checking it. Since they’re medical devices, a separate travel case with just your machine in it won’t be counted toward your total amount of allowable checked bags. TSA agents are used to seeing CPAPs come through the security line, as well, so that keeps things moving pretty quickly. Remember though, you still have to take the machine out to be X-rayed as you make your way through the security line and those security line bins aren’t exactly the most sanitary things in the world. So, do consider placing your CPAP/ BiPAP machine, mask, and hose in separate clear plastic bag(s) where the agent can see what’s inside.
A: Of course! Again, a CPAP /BiPAP machine is considered a medical device. Although, some airlines may require advanced notice that you’ll be using your device on your flight, and the amount of time you need can vary. You’ll want to contact the airline to find out what other steps you must take to make sure you won’t have any issues. Also, take power supply needs into consideration. If you’re using a corded machine, you’ll have to request and potentially pay more for a seat with a power adaptor. Lastly, remember the travel CPAP Machines are very quiet and can easily fit on a tray table when using your CPAP in-flight.
A: Most travel CPAP machines on the market today are easy to supplement with battery packs and are compatible with all the travel CPAP Machines mentioned above. Our customers favorite is the Portable Outlet 155W Universal CPAP Battery For CPAP Machine. The longest lasting, and most versatile CPAP Battery in the market. Supports 12 Volt and 24 Volt CPAP models. Remember, if you decide to take an external battery source, know that you’ll likely need to carry that on as well – lithium ion batteries are not allowed in checked baggage. Know what you’re packing!