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Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

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Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:56 pm

Hi Godot! Good to hear from you. Like my name, I'm living in Alsace - 68! I'm not quite at the 60 yet but there are days when I feel way past it! I am fortunate enough to have a great généraliste and pneumonologue - great word ... don't think that 'lung doc' really cuts the mustard in English ... can you suggest a better name?! :lol: so I had an overnight study with a hanging microphone under my nose that gave all the damning evidence needed for me to be issued 'toot sweet' with a CPAP. I am most fortunate in that I have a good relationship with my CPAP loan company, and a great local rep. There are at least 3 of us in the local anglophone community who have CPAPs - of which I'm the most senior (not sure that's a compliment!!!) - and it does help to share knowledge.

Don't let my being a pedant bother you too much! I need to find some way to exercise what's left of my brain when I spend a lot of time confusing my languages (night school!) and it's great to hear from another British CPAP user in France.

Kindest regards

Alsa x

godot

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by godot » Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:59 pm

I had a study when I was in England and I was offered an operation on my throat, which I declined. When I came to France and discovered the Lab du Sommeil in Albi I went to seek a cure for my appalling snoring. I had an overnighter as well and the rest is history.

Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:41 pm

I'm so glad you didn't have the op. It may work, but eventually the offending tissue grows back! Glad that France sorted the OSA problem so quickly ... perhaps we could do a trade between France and the UK, to get their OSA diagnosed and we could send our folk to their opthalmologists!! :D

Bill Bolton

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Bill Bolton » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:55 am

I flown a couple of sectors recently with LAN (Chile) on the Australia to Chile route with their Airbus A340 aircraft, and had no problems with using a Resmed S9 from the at-seat mains power outlet in Business Class.

Cheers,

Bill

godot

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by godot » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:55 pm

I'm going to China next year but will be crammed into "World Traveller" sounds marvellous doesn't it but it's economy really. I won't use my machine as I will probably only doze, a bit like my afternoon siesta - I don't use my machine then either.

Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:29 pm

Just to say Godot, that although there are no power points in World Traveller, you should take a small external battery, so that you can use your CPAP when you snooze ............ we all should use our CPAPs whenever we doze or snooze as well as go to bed at night to sleep.

I found a battery from Tekkeon (MP3450) did the job well - and if there's a branch of 1001 Piles (Mille et Un Piles) near you, they can get it if they don't have it in stock already.

And for those who don't understand French and think that I'm making a tasteless joke, 'piles' in French means batteries (like what you put in a torch or music player) and 'batterie' usually means a drum kit, as in a pop group.

denver0203

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by denver0203 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:00 am

If what I've read and heard is true, you'll find that most personnel at security checkpoints in airports are familiar with CPAP machines. According to CPAP users and according to the TSA it's advisable to carry along your prescription and/or statement of medical necessity from your physician so that you can demonstrate the need for your CPAP machine, and move the screening process along swiftly. From what I've read, though, it's sounds like getting through security screening with a CPAP machine can actually be hit or miss. It's definitely not guaranteed. Many CPAP users report no problems getting through the X-ray machine and passing the subsequent explosives and chemical tests, while others are forced to check their CPAP machines because they don't pass the X-ray check.

Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:43 pm

You don't say where you're travelling from or to specifically, and with which airlines you are flying, thought 'World Traveller' is a clue for British Airways.

Check with any other carriers well before you travel as some require you to tell them in advance the make and model of your CPAP.

Otherwise bring your docs and prescription with your machine. Note that you won't be able to use your humidifier even with battery power in flight as there's just not enough juice to make it work.

Bill Bolton

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Bill Bolton » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:42 am

QANTAS QF7/QF8 SYD-DFW-SYD June 2011

I used my Resmed S9 (without H5i) the QF7 SYD-DFW leg, from the at-seat main power outlet in the main cabin Business Class section on a 747-400RR.

On the return DFW-SYD leg on QF8 the same S9 tripped out the at-seat power in the Upper Deck Business Class cabin on a 747-400RR, so I was unable to use it. My laptop also tripped out the at-seat power, so it seems likely it was a fault with the power supply unit for the particular seat pair.

There was no need to do anything special with my CPAP at the TSA check points in the US. Now it just goes through scanner in the bag.

Cheers,

Bill

kbrab

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by kbrab » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:23 pm

im only off to Spain, but I telephoned Monarch who im flying with and they were very helpful about my travelling with Pablo (he's my cpap machine, older brother of Pepe my original machine - its a coping mechanism go with it!) I was quite surprised that they said I could take him AS WELL AS my and luggage. I have got to phone through to Cosmos so they can record it all and be ready for me to arrive with him, but I did think it would be hassle to be fair given all the security measures etc.

Just a quick question though, should I take a letter from my doctor for when I get into Spain in case I have problems "the other end" or are they familiar enough with the machines that I don't need to worry?

Apnoea In Spain
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Apnoea In Spain » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:39 pm

Hi kbrab,

I live in Spain and have travelled by air internally twice (return journeys so 4 plane trips) since being diagnosed almost two months ago.

I travelled with the Doctor's letter as the airlines requested it (never had to pay for that here!) but was never actually asked for it at security or by the airline - I had advised the airlines in advance that I would be travelling with the machine and mask. At 3 different airports (Malaga, Barcelona and Valencia) I had no problems with security and they were all familiar with Cpap (I carried it as an extra piece of hand luggage as medical equipment at no extra cost on all 4 flights).

For info "C" in Spain is pronounced as a short "thae" with "th" as in thimble, and the "a" as you would pronounce the letter "a" - Machine is "maquina" pronounced as "makina"

So if asked you are carrying a "maquina de Cpap" ("makina de thaepap").

Hope this helps and enjoy Spain!!

Michael

Chattabob

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Chattabob » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:23 pm

I have absolutely nothing to add to this lol but its been bugging me the last few weeks seeing the title "Air Security" and the last post being on September the 11th!

Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:37 pm

Don't get bugged unnecessarily! :lol: I am flying on Friday 13th January but that doesn't influence me at all and I'm hoping that there's a row 13 for me to find a window seat in! :lol:

sleepapchap

Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by sleepapchap » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:57 am

I took my machine on a short haul flight and arranged with the airline to carry it as an extra piece of hand luggage. They would not allow me to use it on the flight, but then for three hours it would not have been worth it. Generally speaking it is up to the airline what they allow on, so I understand, particularly when it comes to essential medical equipment.

Alsacienne
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Re: Air Security (Travelling with CPAP)

Post by Alsacienne » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:09 pm

It is absolutely vital to contact your airline well before travel and to see what their rules are about using CPAP on board and whether they'll give you extra baggage to carry it by hand.

OSA treatment by xPAP is becoming far more common and most airlines are sympathetic to xPAP users. Do not count on using your equipment on board using their electrical outlet sockets because if your machine draws too much power, the socket will just shut down and the onboard crew will not be able to reactivate it. A dry cell battery, such as the one offered by BSSAA is the way to go.

Happy landings to all.

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