I just want to say for the record that I deeply appreciate all the wonderful information that everyone that posted in this thread departed to me about traveling in airports with a CPAP machine. You have given me immense amount of stuff to think about.
I'm sorry that I am posting to you in three separate posts. I wanted to make sure that I responded to everyone who posted in this thread in an effort to help me get along inside airports with my friend, my PAP machine. I haven't quite mastered the multiple quote function on the message board yet. I find I can only quote two people at a time.
49er, why wouldn't you want it in the overhead bin?
Quote: Just send your machine in the case through the X-Ray machine. If TSA wants you to take it out, they will tell you. I think they are so used to seeing these machines now, I doubt you will have to but obviously, I can't guarantee that.
Regarding question number 4, the airline crew can make you check a carryon bag if there is too much weight on the plane. Usually, they ask for volunteers though. But I am assuming that this wouldn't apply to pap machines since they are counted as medical devices although I haven't checked the rules. Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable than me can chime in on this.
I will send my CPAP machine through the X-Ray machine and hope that TSA won't bother me with my PAP machine too much.
In terms of question 4, quite few people said that a CPAP machine is considered to be medical equipment, so it can't be booted off of the airplane.
Quote:Just so you know, when I felt in June, it was my first time flying with my pap machine. Everything went very well so you'll do fine.
Finally, if you are flying to another country, there might be different rules about taking the pap machine on the plane so please check.
Best of luck.
49er, I really appreciate your response to my questions about traveling in the airport with my CPAP machine and support.
(10-17-2015, 12:05 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Yes, take it on board with you. It is safer with you. And if your luggage gets lost or if your plane is delayed or whatever, your machine is with you, not somewhere else.
Paula, I agree that it is so much safer to have my CPAP machine with me in the cabin with me. You never know what type of mishaps are going to occur with air travel nowadays. The two US airports that I fly out of mostly are known for flight delays.
Quote:Just the blower unit needs to be removed, if the humidifier is separate like the S9. If not, just take out the entire thing.
A customer service agent from Supplier #1 just taught me how to separate my blower and humidifier on my PR System One PAP machine. Another thing that I just purchased from Supplier #1 is a CPAP brief case for traveling through airports.
Quote: They scan it through like a laptop. Some airports may even take it aside and wipe it with a cloth to look for explosives. You can ask that they change gloves first but, really, I don't think there is a need. The machine is inert and they aren't sticking their fingers into the air intake.
Well, it's nice to know that TSA scans it like a computer. In your experience, how often do airports take it aside to check it for explosives? I'm glad that the TSA Officers don't stick their hands in the air portals of the CPAP machine.
Quote:No, it counts as medical equipment. Just tell them it is a CPAP and that is that. Most of them know the look of the bags now and don't even blink. Nothing else can be in the bag but medical equipment. However, if your other two bags are large, you're going to be getting dirty looks from them or other passengers. Most CPAP bags have that strap on the back that lets them be slipped over the handle of a rolling bag. And there are tags you can get to display that it is medical equipment. Some of the online suppliers have them. Or just Google "medical equipment luggage tag" or "cpap luggage tag".
I am very happy that my CPAP equipment doesn't count against two bag allowance. I have a rolling bag that I could strap on my CPAP brief case using bungie cords. One thing that I am going to get rid of is my customary medical backpack. I will simply condense down and put everything with my CPAP machine, as it's all medical in nature. The medical luggage tag is an excellent idea, Paula. That way I can also label my CPAP equipment with my business card, so if it ever goes missing . . . hopefully it gets returned to me. I'll google the medical luggage tag.
Quote:Be calm. Be polite. You travel a lot so you know how it all works. Just treat it like a laptop and all will be well. TSA has seen so many of these things now, they don't blink. So you don't blink either.
Being calm is truly the key to going through a TSA Security Check Point. I am always very polite to people who wear uniforms. I know that the more I fly with my CPAP machine and the more experience I have under my belt . . . the more comfortable I will be going into the TSA Security Check Point & Airplanes.
Quote:We do have a wiki article:
A few years ago I did a post of stuff I put in my bag. If nothing else, you will want an extension cord! Please let us know what you, a more seasoned traveler, wind up putting in yours.
Paula, both of the CPAP and travel articles that you directed to me are excellent! Thanks you so much for the great information! I feel so much more at ease now going back into my friendly airport now.
Carrying it onto the plane is very sound advice, DariaVader! I can imagine a CPAP machine getting destroyed in the checked baggage or lost somewhere in the airport system.
Quote:Tag it with a medical equipment tag. Most airline personnel will recognize it, but fellow passengers could object and create a ruckus (hey, things are getting weird out there, and folk have been tossed off flights for *nothing*)
Yes, I know of quite a few people who have been tossed of flights for *nothing*. I can see someone causing a ruckus about someone going over their two bag limit with a CPAP medical bag. I shall be getting a medical luggage tag for my CPAP brief case.
Quote:Put all your meds in the bag and put a printout of your meds list - in the pocket
I'm going to put my CPAP prescription that my sleep doc faxed Supplier #1 in my with my CPAP machine while traveling. Also, I shall put all of my medications along with my syringes and biohazard sharps safety travel container in with my CPAP equipment! After all, it's all medical equipment. Thank you for that recommendation: I shall also print out all medications and dosages for the TSA Officers.
Quote:Put the blower and humidifier in separate ziplocks (if they separate) I just open the bag so they are sticking out and 9 times out of 10 they leave it that way, but you get the jerk on some trips. TSA will remove it and throw it in a dirty bin faster than you can object occasionally.
Fortunately, my blower & humidifier separate and I now how have the technical ability to accomplish this feat. I recently did a major ziplock purchase for gallon & quart size bags. So, I'm set in terms of putting my blower and humidifier in zip-locks bags. What an great idea because if TSA is so inclined to put the CPAP in one of the dirty bins, then the clear ziplock bag with protect it!
Quote:Payup to TSA-Mafia and get the pay-me-$99-per-year-and-I-won't-molest-you-TSA-Prechk. Do this and leave your shoes on, your cpap and laptop bags closed and your liquids packed.
Thank you for bringing up TSA-Pre Check, DariaVader! You are so right when you say that the TSA-Mafia won't molest you during the TSA Pre-Check processing line! In my experience with the TSA Officers with the TSA Pre-Check line they treat passengers with tact and consideration. It's different from going in the regular (NON-TSA Pre-Check) where TSA put passengers through more hoops and hassles. I have had my Known Travel Number for TSA Pre-Check for the past 6-month. I simply paid TSA $99 for 5-years. I found that I was traveling so much that going through the TSA check points were stressing me out.. I'm am sure that traveling with my CPAP will be very much easier on the TSA Pre-Check side than the regular TSA side.