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Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
I have a few long- haul flights coming up. Having already laid out for a ResMed portable lithium battery, I have been told by my clinic that very few patients actually bother to use in-flight CPAP.

I am wondering what people have found - I imagine compounding jet lag by sleeping on the plane with untreated OSA would be pretty awful, or does it not seem to matter too much fatigue-wise?
04-02-2016 06:40 PM
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
If I were planning on sleeping on a plane, or anywhere else, I wouldn't plan to do it without my CPAP machine. It may even be possible for you to have an outlet on the flight for plugging in your CPAP machine. The machines are designed to run on any continent's electric grid, you just have to make sure you have the right plug geometry. You can get a universal adapter for just a few dollars.

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04-02-2016 08:17 PM
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
I think most airlines do not allow lithium batteries in the passenger area so you would have to use their plug-in. You also need to check with your airline about the availability and location of 120V plugs - might require you to change seats. Having said all of that, I never tried to use my CPAP on long flights, i.e. Singapore-Tokyo-LA. Even before, I never slept well on a plane and only got short naps.
04-03-2016 08:16 AM
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
The ResMed Power Station II is 97WH and OK for airplane use. 100WA or more is not.
"Product meets the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements (RTCA/D0-160, section 21, category M) for all phases of air travel."
04-03-2016 05:27 PM
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
As loud as I snore when I "nap" without my APAP? No way in heck would I subject the rest of the plane to that. The vibrations would bring it down!

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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
(04-03-2016 08:16 AM)ttexan Wrote:  I think most airlines do not allow lithium batteries in the passenger area so you would have to use their plug-in. You also need to check with your airline about the availability and location of 120V plugs - might require you to change seats. Having said all of that, I never tried to use my CPAP on long flights, i.e. Singapore-Tokyo-LA. Even before, I never slept well on a plane and only got short naps.

most airlines appear to prohibit you using their plugins for medical devices, because they don't want liability if their onboard power flickers or damages your equipment, hence, they *require* battery power. pain in the rear encountered on trip to france last summer.
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
About 3 years ago, I used an auto cpap on some long flights overseas and or red-eye flights across country. I flew on both Singapore and United Airlines using the auto cpap, with a portable battery.

Before my first flight, I was directed to speak to disabilities on United Airlines, and the Disabilities person said I would need to get a battery because the flight I was going on did not have any outlets nearby the seats.
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RE: Long-haul in-flight CPAP?
I've travelled to London, China and all over the US. I've never bothered to use my CPAP in fight and quite honestly - even on international flights - it's not logistically feasible IMHO. You might be able to do something if you were in first class in a sleeper module but those coach seats have no room to speak of.

I typically will give myself one extra day for travel so that I can check into my hotel, set up my CPAP and get some sleep and get my clock caught up on to compensate.
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