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Followup to TSA and CPAP

Postby Guest on Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:19 pm

Per the security screener and her supervisor at CLE (Cleveland Hopkins Intl) this past week, there is a new standard operating proceedure for screening that requires all electronic devices with opaque parts, and specifically names "breathing machines" to be swabbed for explosive residue. It shouldn't cause us as travellers to be screened in any special way, but expect the CPAP to be wiped with the coffee filter.

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Flying with CPAP

Postby Moogy on Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:26 pm

I flew last week. Leaving from Austin airport, security swabbed the machine, like I expected. Returning from Midland, where they ALWAYS want you to take off your athletic shoes, security didn't even open the case. I even asked about it, but he just waved me on through.

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Postby Guest on Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:48 pm

The tsa site listed before has changed to:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/ ... index.shtm

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Postby apneaicinisrael on Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:59 am

The jar of peanut butter in our carry on got confiscated, but the CPAP wasn't questioned. Go figure!! I keep a print out of that document in my case just in case anyone has problems with it...

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Postby wahooker on Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:16 am

apneaicinisrael wrote:The jar of peanut butter in our carry on got confiscated, but the CPAP wasn't questioned.

What if you are a mouth breather that needs the Peanut butter to keep your mouth stuck closed while you sleep?

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pdf of Department of Transportation policy

Postby Ken from SF on Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:25 pm

A pdf on letterhead of the US DOT statement quoted above relevant to flying with a CPAP as carry-on can be found at:


The relevant lines are:

"The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag (e.g., purse or briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to medical supplies and/or assistive devices. Passengers with disabilitiesgenerally may carry medical equipment, medications, and assistive devices on board the aircraft."

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Postby drummergirl410 on Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:24 pm

This is very helpful! I don't fly but want to, and would be bringing a myriad of the devices listed on board, inluding my white cane, braille notetaker, slate/stylus, xPAP, and growth hormone injections and other meds. I've bookmarked it for future reference.

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Postby higgy on Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:06 pm

I travel with my machine all the time, I am on 18-24 flights a month and I have never had a problem with taking my machine, this goes for domestic as well as international.

Some places do swab other do not, it is very "well what do I feel like doing" type of thing. At one airport I just went through and I had to go back out of the screened area. Five minutes later I went back through, same TSA staff and they swabbed the cpap. I had to ask, he told me they swab all cpaps, I pointed out that they don't and told him that HE did not swab mine 5 minutes a go. He got mad and started to get cranky, I just left.

TSA, an oxymoron.

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Postby lawdognellie on Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:21 pm

I've been flying all over the place lately, including DC, Chicago, LAX, etc. Never had a problem with my CPAP. United commented on my 3 carry-ons, but once I said one was medical equipment, that was that. Heck. I even flew into DC with a 100 lbs service dog wearing a doggy backpack, my CPAP machine, a ridiculous amount of medications (in liquid form no less), and they barely blinked an eye. I just take the bubbly, innocent approach and they bend over backwards.




Postby Guest on Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:28 am

Does anyone happen to know if the 'extra carry-on' rule applies in Canada as well? I'm packing for my first flight with my cpap (nervous!) and I can't find anything about that from the CATSA website...


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Postby PinkCloud on Tue May 20, 2008 2:51 am

Hi there,

My friend has never had any problems when having it as a carry on they just let him go past without checking it.
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