FAQ – Airplane Travel

Check with any airline a month or more before your flight to see what restrictions apply with your CPAP equipment. Makes sure that you carry it with you as hand luggage, even if you can’t use it. It is a legitimate medical device and you can be in deep trouble if the airline loses it.

Always keep a copy of your prescription with you in case somebody needs convincing. (I laminated a copy of mine and keep it in the bag with my machine). A prescription is essential in the event that you need to purchase a replacement machine.

This link is to the TSA (US) CPAP requirements/information . . .
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/passengers-cpaps-bipaps-and-apaps
For a copy of the QANTAS medical devices form follow this link . .
http://www.qantas.com.au/infodetail/flying/beforeYouTravel/cpap-travel-clearance-form.pdf

And here is the QANTAS policy on medical equipment . .
http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/checked-baggage/global/en#medical-and-mobility-equipment

To see what your airline has in store for you, and if power is available in you seat, follow the following link to Seat Guru, a great information site  www.seatguru.com   



The following is taken directly from the Qantas website, however it is applicable to every airline. Prior communication is essential.

Clearance is normally required when use of any medical equipment is required inflight. Not all battery or electrically powered equipment can be used onboard so check with Qantas first.

Strict safety rules govern the operation of electronic equipment onboard aircraft. Hearing aids and heart pacemakers are allowed. Ask Qantas or your travel agent for details if you require other devices.

Medical equipment to be used onboard must be made available for inspection a few hours before departure and approved for use onboard. Normal carry on baggage regulations apply to any medical support equipment to be used in flight.

If you require a humidicrib to be used inflight, you will be carried or uplifted if you:

  • Inform Qantas Special Handling at your local Qantas office of any piece of medical equipment that you require Qantas to provide for your travel a minimum of 5 days internationally and 3 days domestically before your intended travel.
  • Supply all medical equipment that you require to travel safely (including, but not limited to, medical equipment and/or medication that is vital for your safe carriage, for example respiratory devices).
  • Supply medical equipment that is compliant with Qantas aircraft, for example, equipment with compatible voltage.

You must contact Qantas Special Handling at your local Qantas office for medical clearance and for approval of any equipment that you provide. If any of the above requirements (including stipulated time frames) have not been complied with by you, Qantas reserves the right to deny you uplift or carriage on the relevant flight until all Qantas policy requirements have been met. For example, by mistake you bring electrical equipment with the incorrect voltage.

Qantas will not accept liability or responsibility for any costs associated with the denial of carriage for example hotel or hospital costs. However, you and any accompanying passengers, will be able to use any unused portions of your ticket on a future date, subject to availability and only once all applicable policy requirements have been met.