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The Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust promotes awareness, understanding and treatment of Sleep Apnoea through education, research and fund raising.

Travel Sleep Apnoea CPAP

Airline Travel Special Assistance Information and CPAP


The assistive information in this article deals with air travel for sleep apnoea CPAP users.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy usage for sleep apnoea does not need to interfere with your lifestyle. There are many things that can be done to assist that you should know. All that is required is a little preparation within a reasonable timeframe.

Travelling with CPAP on long haul flights is what we are talking about here. Most airlines provide power points, which can be used with CPAP machines.

See our Information on Air Travel with CPAP here and download the ISAT PDF information leaflet.

Airlines: For your convenience we provide below a comprehensive list of airlines and appropriate links to their respective websites that deal with special medical needs issues.

There are a number of things you need to know:-

Voltage: You need to know what voltage will be available on the aircraft.
Consult with your airline to find out!


Clinic/CPAP Supplier: Talk with your clinic, physician or CPAP supplier to make sure that your CPAP pump will work at the relative voltage.

Certificate from your Physician / Doctor: Generally an airline will need a medical certificate from specialist medical professional. Airlines may also confine CPAP usage on the flight to certain specified machines. Accordingly, because all of the arrangements can take some time it is very important you start making preparations well in advance of your travel departure date.

While you may be concerned or worried about your appearance while using CPAP on the flight, just think of the alternative. Without CPAP you could endure awfully disrupted sleep on a long haul flight with very loud snoring and gasping affecting many people in your vicinity on-board. Be considerate! Other passengers on board, yourself and your health would be far better served with the use of a quiet CPAP machine.


A comprehensive list of online internet links to Airlines Special Needs Services will be provided here soon!