Gig103 wrote:Has anyone used their CPAP on an overnight flight, either with a battery or with onboard power? I like to fly red-eye to Europe and I was thinking that it would save the other passengers the discomfort of my snoring, and I'm already carrying it on.
Check with the airline first, in advance.....Special Handling Section.
Some airlines give a free power point in tourist, usually you have to sit in the seat just forward of a door. Others will insist on an upgrade (at your expense).
In my experience the machine will have to be cleared.........involves filling in a form, with a check box against a list of machines and possibly the serial number. A letter of medical necessity may be required (available from your sleep clinic.......should be free). Whole operation should be done by fax, with approval within 48 hours.
A battery operated machine is much easier. Once the lithium ion battery pack conforms to FAA standards........away you go. Clearance should not be required as it is similar to a laptop. You may require a letter of medical necessity.
I have found in the past that TMI (Too much information) can be a bad thing, in completing forms or talking to airline officials. Just assume that they know what OSA and CPAP is and tell them that you want to use your machine on a long haul flight..........
I have travelled through a sizeable section of the world with my CPAP, with almost no hassle. I haven't been to Israel, which I believe can be tough (CPAP wise and security). Only 'hassle' I have had was in Frankfurt where they insisted on swabbing the machine.........and that's no big deal. I have a friend who was stopped in Prague by a female security person........she took out a Phillips screwdriver and wanted to open up the back of his CPAP machine........she picked the wrong man......he is in his seventies, uses a walking stick and advised her of his intention to use it
on her. After a little 'stand off' she let him through.
Best advice is early planning.
Best of luck.