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RE: Newbie traveling with CPAP in airport for 1st time
(10-27-2015 10:43 AM)novatom Wrote:  
(10-18-2015 02:00 AM)player Wrote:  Don't hide your weed in the humidifier.

Best answer yet!

Agreed! Hiding weed in one's humidifier can be troublesome going through a TSA Security Check Point in an airport!

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I just returned from a RT between Sacramento and Seattle. At both airports I was told to remove "the motor only" from my CPAP bag. (I was not in the Pre-check line this time.) I always put each part of my machine (blower and humidifier) in a large zip loc bag so that on those occasions when someone is going to handle it or it's going to be on the belt, it stays protected.
10-27-2015 12:47 PM
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Post: #33
RE: Newbie traveling with CPAP in airport for 1st time
(10-27-2015 12:47 PM)kaiasgram Wrote:  I just returned from a RT between Sacramento and Seattle. At both airports I was told to remove "the motor only" from my CPAP bag. (I was not in the Pre-check line this time.) I always put each part of my machine (blower and humidifier) in a large zip loc bag so that on those occasions when someone is going to handle it or it's going to be on the belt, it stays protected.

The "motor only" is the "blower" of the CPAP, I take it? Most PAPers put their blower and humidifier in large ziplock bags I learned by reading this thread on how to protect CPAP equipment at airports. Kaiasgram, how big are your ziplock bags? The biggest I can find is gallon size.

I love flying into Sacramento Airport (SMF) because it's one of the business airports I frequent in my profession. SMF is ultra modern. I haven't had the chance to fly into Sea-Tac Airport, however. I would like to see the famous space needle in Seattle.

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Yes, by "motor" they were referring to the blower unit.

The blower and humidifier of my machine come apart and each unit fits in a gallon size zip loc bag.

The renovated SMF is pretty spiffy.Smile
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I haven't had to take out my CPAP in 2+ years since switching to the Z1. I travel virtually every week and I haven't seen anyone have to remove their big unit in the TSA Pre line.

I do RJ's a lot so my mask, power adapter and hose are in my roller and get gate checked often but the machine stays in my backpack.

Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.
10-30-2015 05:32 PM
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(10-30-2015 05:32 PM)bill-e Wrote:  Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.

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  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
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RE: Newbie traveling with CPAP in airport for 1st time
(10-30-2015 05:32 PM)bill-e Wrote:  I haven't had to take out my CPAP in 2+ years since switching to the Z1. I travel virtually every week and I haven't seen anyone have to remove their big unit in the TSA Pre line.

Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.

I shall hope that since I am already have a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that allows me to use TSA Pre that I should have an easier time with my CPAP equipment than the regular TSA security line. It's nice that you have the very small Z1 that you can just stick in your backpack.
(11-01-2015 12:07 AM)DariaVader Wrote:  
(10-30-2015 05:32 PM)bill-e Wrote:  Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.

TSA Mafia Payoff Tongue You pay and they promise not to molest you!

Paying the TSA Mafia off is great way to have a much easier time with the CPAP equipment and luggage without having to take off the shoes, belts & jackets! However, even though we have the Known Traveler Numbers (KTN) that allow access to the TSA Pre lanes . . . it's still no guarantee that you'll end up there. I find with certain airports that I fly in and out of in the mid-west of the USA and at certain times in my regular business travel between my two most common airports, I get sent over to the regular TSA Security line (even though I have a KTN). The TSA Mafia like to change it up a bit for the people who paid up to get their KTN from them for 5-years! I would say a 70% to 80% of the time I'm in the TSA Pre line depending on where I am in the airports in the USA.

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(11-01-2015 02:24 AM)quip Wrote:  Paying the TSA Mafia off is great way to have a much easier time with the CPAP equipment and luggage without having to take off the shoes, belts & jackets! However, even though we have the Known Traveler Numbers (KTN) that allow access to the TSA Pre lanes . . . it's still no guarantee that you'll end up there. I find with certain airports that I fly in and out of in the mid-west of the USA and at certain times in my regular business travel between my two most common airports, I get sent over to the regular TSA Security line (even though I have a KTN). The TSA Mafia like to change it up a bit for the people who paid up to get their KTN from them for 5-years! I would say a 70% to 80% of the time I'm in the TSA Pre line depending on where I am in the airports in the USA.
Most airlines get you you either TSA Pre or in my case, Global Entry for free if you have status. I guess that I've been lucky because I've never been sent to the other line and I go through TSA at least 80 times a year.
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RE: Newbie traveling with CPAP in airport for 1st time
(11-01-2015 02:24 AM)quip Wrote:  
(10-30-2015 05:32 PM)bill-e Wrote:  I haven't had to take out my CPAP in 2+ years since switching to the Z1. I travel virtually every week and I haven't seen anyone have to remove their big unit in the TSA Pre line.

Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.

I shall hope that since I am already have a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that allows me to use TSA Pre that I should have an easier time with my CPAP equipment than the regular TSA security line. It's nice that you have the very small Z1 that you can just stick in your backpack.
(11-01-2015 12:07 AM)DariaVader Wrote:  
(10-30-2015 05:32 PM)bill-e Wrote:  Honestly, it you travel a lot then TSA Pre is the way to go.

TSA Mafia Payoff Tongue You pay and they promise not to molest you!

Paying the TSA Mafia off is great way to have a much easier time with the CPAP equipment and luggage without having to take off the shoes, belts & jackets! However, even though we have the Known Traveler Numbers (KTN) that allow access to the TSA Pre lanes . . . it's still no guarantee that you'll end up there. I find with certain airports that I fly in and out of in the mid-west of the USA and at certain times in my regular business travel between my two most common airports, I get sent over to the regular TSA Security line (even though I have a KTN). The TSA Mafia like to change it up a bit for the people who paid up to get their KTN from them for 5-years! I would say a 70% to 80% of the time I'm in the TSA Pre line depending on where I am in the airports in the USA.

A relative who has this service said that happened to her recently. Since I rarely travel, I figure it isn't worth paying for access to a tsa pre lane and instead, I go to the peon linesSmile However, I will be traveling at the beginning of next year so hopefully, my trip will be as uneventful as it was when I traveled earlier year and had zero problems other than the usual annoyances of going through security.

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