What to expect when going through airport security with your CPAP machine

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by WilliamBros Blogger



The holidays are finally here, which means you get to meet those new family members, see the old ones and reunite with other loved ones. Williams Brothers also wants to remind you to stay CPAP compliant, and take your CPAP machine with you when you travel. That’s why we’re offering a few tips and hints for how to go through airport security with your CPAP Machine.

  • Step One: Don’t send your CPAP with your checked luggage


It may be tempting to pack your CPAP machine in your checked luggage, but we suggest you avoid this and pack your CPAP machine in your carry-on. There’s always the chance that your luggage can be lost, and then you really won’t be able to remain compliant! You also don’t want the CPAP machine accidentally damaged.


  • Step two: the CPAP machine must come out of its case


Don’t worry about your CPAP accessories, such as the CPAP masks and CPAP tubes—just like laptop accessories, they can stay in the case. But, the CPAP machine will need to be X-rayed in its own separate bin. If you’re worried about germs, you can also place the CPAP machine in a clear plastic bag so it doesn’t touch the bin’s surface.



  • Step three: don’t be surprised by the ETD test


TSA agents have seen plenty of CPAP machines, so they probably won’t automatically think you’re carrying a bomb. However, if they can’t get a clear X-ray, they’ll have to run an ETD, or explosive Trace Detection test on the CPAP machine. This involves running a white swab over the surface of your CPAP device to check for trace amounts of explosives. Again, if you are worried about germs, you can request that fresh gloves and swabs be used.


Williams Brothers wants you to have a safe and healthy holiday. If you are still traveling with a full-sized CPAP machine, contact our respiratory therapists today about buying a travel CPAP machine. It will make life a lot easier!

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