You do not want to put your cpap as checked baggage. It could get delayed, lost, stolen, damaged. You know that baggage is not handled gently, and you know that it is frequently searched. Do you really want some stranger handling a machine, mask, tubing, etc. that you breathe through for seven or eight hours a night? Not to mention what could happen to the delicate electronics inside the machine when it gets tossed around by baggage handlers
Yes, it's a pain to carry it through the airport, but at least you know where it is and who is handling. You know that when it gets put through security, someone with rubber gloves will be inspecting and swabbing it for explosives. You can insist that they change their gloves, clean the table, and get a new swabbing medium before they touch it. If you google TSA regulations for cpap machines, you will find a guideline that you can print out and take with you to the airport, in case anyone there has questions. However, since cpap machines are becoming more common, the personnel are usually quit familiar with them.
It is an expensive piece of medical equipment, and important to your health. You should not let it out of your sight. Even when you're finally on the plane, it should be under your seat, not in the overhead compartment where someone can shove their luggage into it and possibly damage it.
Last edited by jrinker
on Thu May 20, 2010 9:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Resmed Vpap Adapt SV Enhanced, Respironics Fit Life total face mask, Forma full face mask.
Complex apnea, original AHI 80