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Traveling with your CPAP machine


According to the Transportation Safety Administration, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are allowed through security checkpoints once they have undergone screening. If you are traveling with your device, you will be required to take your CPAP machine out of its carrying case and place the device in a bin for x-ray screening. Facemasks and tubing can remain in the carrying case.


In addition to x-ray inspection of your CPAP machine, a visual and physical inspection, and Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) sampling will be required. To facilitate CPAP machine hygiene and cleanliness:


  • Once out of the carrying case, you can place your CPAP machine in a clear plastic bag before placing the device in the bin. You will need to provide/bring your own plastic bag.


  • Upon request, TSOs will change their gloves prior to performing the visual and physical inspection, and ETD sampling of your CPAP machine. The CPAP will need to be removed from the plastic bag by the TSO to conduct the ETD sampling.


  • Upon request, TSOs will clean the table where the ETD sampling will be conducted.


  • Upon request, TSOs will change the ETD sampling media before conducting the ETD sampling.


If, for some reason, you are questioned about the device at the security checkpoint, remember that on the bottom of the device there is a note stating that the device is “medical equipment” and is “suitable for airline use.” It may be helpful to bring a user’s manual along with you to help security understand the device and its purpose fully.


Traveling outside of the United States


If you are traveling to a country with a line voltage different than the one you are currently using, a different power cord or an international plug adaptor may be required to make your power cord compatible with the power outlets of the country to which you are traveling. Contact your homecare provider for additional information.

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