CPAP Policy for United Airlines
CPAP Policy Highlights for United Airlines
Is advanced notification required to carry-on your CPAP?
What models of CPAP machines are allowed on this airline?
- All types of machines [Check out the highest rated travel CPAP machines]
Can you use your CPAP on the plane?
- Yes, a forty-eight (48) hour minimum advance notification to the Accessibility Desk (1-800-228-2744) is required for customers using a CPAP machine on board.
- The Accessibility Desk will ensure the CPAP machine you are planning to use is on the list of current, approved CPAP machines and will provide guidance on the number of batteries you will need for your flight.
Does bringing your CPAP machine count as a carry-on?
- No. Assistive devices do not count toward a limit carry-on baggage.
Is a doctor’s note or prescription verification required?
Portable electronic personal ventilators, respirators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may be carried and used on board United flights if it can be verified by a manufacturers’ label or otherwise that the units meet applicable FAA requirements.
A forty-eight (48) hour minimum advance notification to the Accessibility Desk (1-800-228-2744) is required for customers using a ventilator, respirator or CPAP machine on board. The Accessibility Desk will ensure the device you are planning to use is on the list of current, approved devices and will provide guidance on the number of batteries you will need for your flight. Customers can help by providing United with information from the manufacturer about the device meeting FAA regulations. Information should be provided at the time of booking.
Some seating restrictions may be necessary to comply with certain FAA safety rules.
Please note that aircraft in-seat electrical power is available on a limited number of aircraft, and there is no guarantee that the in-seat power will be operative. Flights operated by United Express will have no in-seat power. Therefore, customers must have an ample supply of fully charged batteries plus three hours of extra battery time for the flight. In case of failure of electronic equipment or unforeseen delays, United recommends that customers travel with manually operated backup supplies.
Ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines are considered assistive devices. They must be stowed and used in the passenger cabin consistent with applicable TSA, FAA and other regulations governing carry-on luggage.
United Airlines – Customer Service Information