As we go into the holiday season, it’s likely that you may be in a situation where you want to travel, and if you use CPAP, BiPAP, or APAP therapy, you will need to bring your equipment with you.
Did you know that CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP equipment is allowed through TSA security checkpoints? They need to be screened – so be sure to let the security officer know that you have the equipment, and also let them know of any special requirements before the screening process begins.
All CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP equipment needs to be screened using X-Ray machines. If the X-Ray cannot adequately see through all parts of the CPAP, BiPAP, or APAP equipment, additional X-Ray screening or other screening methods may be required.
Before going through screening, please note that you are required to remove CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP equipment from its carrying case – facemasks and tubing may remain in the case.
If you’d like, you may provide a clear plastic bag in which to place your CPAP, BiPAP, or APAP during the X-Ray screening process, but please note that a TSA officer may need to remove your equipment from the bag for further testing in some cases.
As a reminder, please remember to remove and empty the distilled water from your humidifier chamber! This is easy to forget, and you won’t want to miss this step.
Wishing you safe travels and a joyful holiday season!