(10-18-2015 09:31 AM)mbkjad Wrote: Quip,
Lots of good information.....Will add the following..
Every TSA station is different. It's just how it is. These guys aren't paid that much and quite frankly they are ineffective on their best day. As such you get a little different treatment depending on the airport (in the last two months I have been through four different ones on multiple occasions and each time it has been a slightly different experience).
Mike, I most certainly agree with you that each TSA Security Check Point is different from each other. Like in my best airport that I fly out of constantly the TSA Officers are pleasant to me. In my home airport (which is huge), the TSA Officers are can be tackless and rude to passengers. In the TSA Pre-Check lane the Officers are nicer to you there. Like you said, different TSA station - different airport - different experience.
Quote:What has not been different:
1. Do not ever check your CPAP!
I most certainly don't want to check my CPAP because it could get broken or lost! I'm going to treat my CPAP like my laptop computer. Protect it at all cost. Like on the Super Shuttle van that I often take to my hotels and the driver wants to take my CPAP bag away from me . . . I won't let the driver separate me from my CPAP bag whatsoever!! Going back to airports and airplanes: for the high percentage of the time my CPAP is under the seat not in the overhead bin.
Quote:2. When going through the checkpoint it is very clearly marked that the bag that your CPAP is in must be opened up. Sometimes they will make a big deal about it if you don't and sometimes they won't. The last time the guy in front me had his in clear bags in his carry-on and they went Swat on his ass. Complete bag search and then lectured him. Carry it in the bag it came in and zip it open and send it through. No big deal. They are used to seeing them.
So, that means that I have to take my CPAP out of the carrying bag to put it through the X-Ray machine, then? If that's the case, it is truly like my laptop. Every time I carry my MacBookPro into the airport, I have to take it out of my bag and put it on separate bin to be scanned. That the exact same way that TSA handles CPAPs? Hmmm. I'm sure glad that TSA is use to seeing the CPAP machines in their security stations.
Quote:3. The whole script thing. Each to his own. Been all over the world since 2009 with mine and have never had a copy of mine with me. The machine is enough.
Enjoy your trip! This is just another thing. Nothing to concern yourself with.
I understand. For most people if they see you have a CPAP machine with you, then you most have been prescribed it by some sleep doc. For me, I don't think I will carry a script because my own CPAP prescription is on file with Supplier #1
. If I ever break or lose my CPAP, then I can contact Supplier #1
to get a loaner CPAP, until I figure out what to do.
Mike, I want to thank you for all of your great additional information you have given me and for your assurances. I shall enjoy my trip.
(10-19-2015 04:08 PM)Homerec130 Wrote: Quip,
The reason I don't seal the bag all the way is stop condensation. I will close it most of the way, but still allow air to escape.More than once or twice I have seen condensation in a bag especially when traveling to and from an area with high humidity. I flew for Uncle Sam for over 20 years plus as a contractor and always used that method. The only time I would have a sealed bag was when it was vacuum sealed.
Homer, thanks for explaining it me. I didn't understand that condensation could build up in the ziplock bags while flying in high humidity environments. Some of the airports that I fly out of in the USA are very humid and hot. It like putting a snuggle on my PAP hose to help prevent rainout when I leave my ziplock bags open.
Quote:Bottled water should work when you are on the road. One of the arguments for distilled is there are less impurities in the water which can cake around the base plate of a heated humidifier. Short periods of time using bottled water (or even most hotel tap water) won't do any damage. If you do get a buildup you can either use a little bit of vinegar when you clean the tank or if your insurance provides one, replace the tank.
Bottled water is still not exactly the same thing, as distilled water, is it? Ok. I will use bottled water in a pinch while traveling. Homer, how do you know that you have water plaque build up inside your humidifier? Wouldn't it be a wise thing to immediately after my business trip . . . put vinegar in my humidifier tank to prevent the water plaque build up in the first place? That way it's preventative maintenance of my humidifier tank. What do you think?
(10-19-2015 04:52 PM)49er Wrote: Hi Quip,
I don't want my machine in the overhead bin because I understand it can get jostled around and even if the risk is small, why take it if I can simply place the machine in the bag underneath the seat in front of me. As long it fits under the seat which mine definitely did, there shouldn't be a problem.
49er, your rationale certainly does make sense now that I think about it because as I was relating to someone in this thread, I am going to treat my CPAP like my MacBookPro laptop computer and iPad. My computer equipment goes every where I go. It doesn't get checked because it's very fragile - my CPAP is fragile too. My CPAP won't go in the overhead bin because I agree with your reasoning. Luggage in the overhead bins tend to shift while in flight, especially during turbulence and I don't want my friendly CPAP to get injured or broken beyond repair. I need my CPAP! 49er, thank you for enlightening me with your wisdom on overhead bins.