carrying on is too much of a hassle for me personally. im lazier than i am worried about it getting broke I guess. like i said, i fly A LOT and never had a problem
I just traveled this week. While in the security line at the airport, they specifically mentioned CPAP machines and asked that they be removed from the bag and placed in a separate bin -- same as what they request for laptops.
I had a tag on my bag marking it as "medical equipment", a copy of my prescription, instructions and supplies for the machine -- everything I'd been advised to have to make it smoother. Meanwhile, the TSA was obviously on top of it and aware of CPAP equipment. It went on the plane with me and was secured overhead for the trip.
During my trip, I found I really missed my overhead hanger for managing the hose, and I missed my CPAP pillow (shaped to accommodate the mask/hose/etc). I used Michigan tap water instead of distilled water for a few days -- then gave the humidifier basin a good vinegar soak when I returned.
I won't worry much on traveling with it again -- it's always a pain to keep track of something extra -- but it wasn't that big a deal.
Lovin' my CPAP since day 1! (January 2015)
If we aren't cleanin' it we're breathin' it!
"Take it as it comes, specialize in having fun"
-- Jim Morrison
thanks everyone. I leave tomorrow for Oakland and then on to Hawaii. I am planning to carry it on the plane because I have an overnight layover and if my luggage gets lost, then at least, I will have my CPAP with me. I just put an ID tag on it and on the other side, labeled it "medical equipment". I put a copy of the prescription in the pocket of the bag. I use distilled water at home because our water is so hard. I will probably just pick up some in Hawaii or just use the tap. It is also so humid over there that I may not even need to use the humdifier and may disconnect that piece.
The one thing that I didn't think about is that on the way back, I am doing a red-eye flight so I won't have any way to plug it in. I probably won't sleep well but once I get home, I will take a nap.
Yah! Just called the airline and there is a 110V outlet at my seat. It is new on all of the Alaska airlines flights, so that means I can use my CPAC machine on the red-eye. Hopefully, my neighbor won't mind. It is very quiet. So it is either that or hear me snore and choke all night.
Thanks. I never knew this.
If I were you , I would NOT use humidification onboard the aircraft. It may draw more power than the in seat plugs are designed to handle ( some are limited to around 50-60 watts) and more importantly, in flying an aircraft, sometimes weird G-forces can be encountered that might slosh water back into the blower unit and that is a bad thing. Think turbulence.