January 1, 2011

CPAP Is A Carry-on for Air Travel

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and use a CPAP (or other XPAP) machines, please know that if you travel on aircraft, this equipment is allowed as a carry-on in addition to one other piece plus a personal bag such as a purse or briefcase. This is in the Department of Transportation rules which states an allowance for medical supplies and/or assistive devices.

Please do not check it as luggage. It can be damaged or lost. If you are questioned or it is deemed that it must be checked as luggage, it would be a good idea to have a print out with you to present. This can be found here.

TSA often does not know their own regulations in detail. In the above reference it does provide an email address - airconsumer@ost.dot.gov for filing complaints. There is also a site to download forms to mail in complaints.

Also it is advisable to carry a letter of medical need signed by your doctor on his letterhead paper. This has come in handy for me.

Read the reference here.

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