CPAP Policy for American Airlines

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CPAP Policy Highlights for American Airlines

Is advanced notification required to carry-on your CPAP?

  • No

What models of CPAP machines are allowed on this airline?

Can you use your CPAP on the plane?

  • Yes, with 48 hour advanced notice, and if the machine is battery operated (battery type will also need to be approved for use in-flight)

Does bringing your CPAP machine count as a carry-on?

  •  No, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a CPAP machine is not considered carry-on luggage and does not count toward your carry-on quota
    American Airlines says:  If space is limited, the device doesn’t fit in the cabin or if it isn’t required during the flight, it may need to be checked. It will not count against your baggage quota.

Is a doctor’s note or prescription verification required?

  • No

Detailed American Airlines’ Policy

Traveling with mobility and medical devices

If you’re traveling with any medical device, a wheelchair or other mobility device we’re here to help – we offer pre-boarding, deplaning and airport assistance. Contact special assistance to make sure your device is approved for travel and make any special assistance travel requests.

A 48-hour notice is required to approve electronic medical devices for use during a flight
All approved medical devices must be battery operated (battery type will also need to be approved for use inflight)

Contact special assistance 

If you’re connecting to another airline or traveling on a codeshare flight, contact the operating carrier or other airline for their rules on traveling with mobility and medical devices.

Want to carry on your devices?

Mobility and medical devices don’t count toward carry-on limits. If space is limited, the device doesn’t fit in the cabin or if it isn’t required during the flight, it may need to be checked.

Canes, walkers, continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP) and other assistive devices that can be collapsed to fit into overhead and under-seat storage
Items used for comfort such as seat cushions, arm or footrests

American Airlines – Customer Service Information

800-433-7300

American Airlines’ Customer Service Page

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  • Rose Ek
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    So my C-Pap is a portable one. Smaller then most CPaps. Can I put it in my on board suitcase. Do I still have to give 48 hours notice about this medicial machine. My flight leaves Friday morning Jan 5th 2018. Also how man hours do I need to be there. My Flight leaves at 8.05 am. Thank you,

    • healthsqyre
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      Hi Rose,

      You must give 48-hour notice to American Airlines to use the CPAP on-board the flight (only if it is battery operated) or if you want to take the machine in a separate bag that is not your carry-on, since medical devices do not count against your carry-on limit. If you give AA 48-hour advance, there is no need to get to the airport any earlier than you normally would for a flight. With the extra bag and CPAP device, it may take longer to get through security, however, that would be your only concern. Good luck with your travels!

      The Health Sqyre Team

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