Flying with Respiratory Devices

November 9, 2017

Flying with respiratory devices

A formal announcement from The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) on traveling with your CPAP and other respiratory devices.

Flying with Respiratory Devices

Patients requiring CPAP or BiPAP can still travel. However, these machines require extra scrutiny at airport security checkpoints. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), is responsible for screening passengers and their belongings at designated airports in Canada.

All passengers and their carry-on baggage must pass through screening. When a passenger is traveling with a respiratory device, the electronic unit must be removed from the carry-on bag and its carrying case and placed separately in a bin – the attachments (tubes and mask) should stay in the case. Screening officers are aware of the sanitation requirements of these machines. They will not touch the attachments, or the parts of the machine that connect to the tubes. In fact, CATSA recommends that passengers bring a clear plastic bag in which to place their unit before placing it in the screening bin. Remember that the attachments should remain in the carrying case.

Passengers with respiratory devices should also know that the distilled water needed to operate the devices is exempt from the 100ml liquid restrictions. This includes water in the device chamber or in separate bottles. It is considered medically necessary, and can be brought in larger containers. However, these containers must be identified as medically necessary and presented to the screening officer for inspection.

More information is available on CATSA’s website, at, and through Twitter (@catsa_gc) and Facebook (, where passengers can also ask questions.

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