If I were you I'd keep it as a carry on. Not easily replaced and not cheap. Also it does not count towards your carryon limit.
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06-18-2016, 06:10 PM
(This post was last modified: 06-18-2016, 06:11 PM by OMyMyOHellYes.)
Treat it like prescription medicine. Keep it on you. Try to not ever, ever check it. Carry it on. I have, on a few occasions, had an airline that would treat my checked baggage to a little unscheduled side excursion. In those cases if your mahine is along for that ride, you will find yourself up Suwamee Creek without a paddle. And should they actually LOSE your luggage (it happens), then what ya gonna do?
It, in the carry case, does not count towards your carry on baggage allowance.
(06-18-2016, 05:56 PM)0rangebear Wrote: I have traveled a lot in the past 15 years, and have never noticed people carrying CPAP devices through the airport.
Until I bought my new car I didn't realize how many others of that year, make, and model were on the road. Then suddenly they were everywhere.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Actually you know, it is what it isn't.
Newbie here. I am so pleased to hear all these stories about travel and CPAP. It sends a positive message. Thank you.
My last air travel was in 2002, and it made sense to pack the machine in my main luggage at the time. Did have to explain to a checker in Munich just what showed up on the X-ray.
Now, I'd keep it with me, but barring extraordinary circumstances, I don't expect to fly. My 2005 era brick case was pretty bulky, but the ResMed S9 case gets most everything I need in one tidy package. (Just add water...)
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I take mine while traveling. When I camp, it's usually just an overnight deal and I don't bother with it, it's not like I'm going to get a good night's sleep anyway.
As far as airline travel: In the US it does not count as a carry-on item. I don't put it in checked luggage because I've seen how roughly that gets treated. For TSA/security, they do want the CPAP removed from the case and put in one of the plastic bins when it goes through the X-ray.
I just bought a DreamStation Auto and it claims to auto-adjust for up to 7,500 ft. Someone above mentioned that airline cabins are normally pressurized to 8k feet and that's true. In my case, when I visit my folks they live at 8500'! My first CPAP had 3 manual settings for altitude 1/2/3, each was for a higher elevation. My current and new one both claim to auto adjust, but I don't know what happens if you use it outside those limits.