In the US, CPAP counts as medical device and MUST be taken aboard even if someone else's luggage has to be taken off to make it fit. It does not count toward your bag limit as long as medical equipment is the only thing in the bag. I would never ever gate check my CPAP. Sure, it is a sturdy thing but it is also an expensive thing that is hard to replace quickly.
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10-02-2014, 01:23 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-02-2014, 01:40 PM by TorontoCPAPguy.)
I have not had much trouble with CPAP and airlines. I would take a pack of disinfectant odourless wipes with me. I leave my humidifier at home and I seal my mask(s) in ziplock bags (which I then wipe down if they've been touched). I have a medic-alert tag on the carry bag and on the equipment and a laminated copy of my prescription(s) for EVERYTHING medical I am transporting, including the APAP and any Rx drugs. REMEMBER that there are drugs in the USA that are considered controlled substances in Canada and you WILL likely get nabbed at the border for such things. And incredibly, something like Tylenol 1 in Canada, available over the counter, is a controlled substance stateside. So be aware. I have yet to have anything inspected or put through x-ray. If you are taking any liquids onboard make sure they are within the size limits and in clear plastic containers that can be opened for inspection - and if being inspected you are within your full rights to ask the agent to put on gloves that are sterile, politely, explaining that your lungs are compromised.
Make sure that all of your papers are in order and that they are ready for inspection as well. Dual citizens, know that it is against the law to carry TWO passports on your person (at least it was). And know that if you are entering Canada you must use your Canadian Passport, if entering the USA you are obliged to use your USA Passport. And for heaven's sake, make sure that you declare EVERYTHING and avoid transporting liquor, tobacco and food products totally. The few bucks that you MIGHT save just are not worth the scrutiny. I can tell you that this is my policy and that when driving I very often carry handguns across the border.... I present my paperwork before being asked for it. I transport them in a legal manner (know the rules!). I have yet to be inspected for that as well, as incredible as it sounds. Reduce the reasons for close inspection or secondary inspection and your day will run much smoother. Safe travels.
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i fly weekly for biz and always pack my cpap in my checked bag. For me its just easier. I do see some people that store it in the carry on. it goes thru the xray and then gets checked by TSA after it goes thru. It never seems to be an issue for them.
I've always asked that they hand check the CPAP machine, but it's been a long time since I've had to travel with it by air.
Never a problem, and I always take it on board with the assumption that checked bags may be delayed. It doesn't count towards carry on, and
the newest machines can be used in flight, although I've never done that. Next trip to Oz and I will.