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Electrically powered medical equipment - Can I take my electrically powered medical equipment in my hand baggage?

electrically powered pain reliefYou are allowed to take medical equipment on board an aircraft if it is essential for your journey. Before your trip you will need to contact the airline, to make sure that they know that you will be carrying the medical equipment and to check if they have any extra requirements.

It is also advisable to check if the airport you are flying from has any extra requirements. There is often advice about this on the airport website. Don’t forget to check the requirements for the airport you will be returning from and any other airports you will be stopping at during your journey.

Take supporting information such as a letter from your doctor or your prescription with you. You may need to show this to the security staff at the airport. The equipment will usually be passed through the X-ray security scanner in a separate tray.

Most airlines do not provide an aircraft electrical supply for passenger medical equipment and therefore your equipment will have to be battery-powered if you wish to be able to use it during flight. All batteries, including any spare batteries, must meet the airline requirements for carriage, whether carried as hand baggage or in your hold baggage. (Please note, spare lithium batteries must be carried in the cabin. They are not permitted in hold baggage). Even where an electrical supply is available on the aircraft, it will not be guaranteed to be available throughout the flight and you should carry back-up in the form of batteries if necessary.

The usual requirements for passenger electronic equipment apply during flight and you will not normally be allowed to use the equipment during take-off and landing. Some devices have been tested and approved for use throughout flight but you must contact the airline well before the date of travel, to make sure that they know that you will be carrying the medical equipment and to check if they have any additional requirements.

Further information may be found on:

Direct.gov website

The CAA document CAP 562, Leaflet 9-8, provides more information: CAP 562.


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