LTV® Series ventilators and air travel

Feel free to travel by air

LTV® Series ventilators enable ventilated persons to travel by air. With this information from Vyaire, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and user recommendations, you can properly prepare for your trip with major airlines.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

During travel

Arrive at least three hours before your flight to check in and correct any unprepared arrangements. To clear security and travel safely and comfortably, bring:

  • A physician's letter
  • A letter from your physician stating your medical diagnosis, ability to travel, need for ventilation in-flight and need for medical equipment to stay with you.
  • Equipment information
  • The certificate of compliance with RTCA/DO-160F requirements.
  • An onboard document
  • A document you create with your ventilator name, model number, specifications and battery type, and ventilator manufacturer's name, address, phone and website. This information may help you through the strict security regulations and screening.
  • Airline contact information
  • The names and phone numbers of the supervisors on duty while you are at your departure and arrival airports. For problem resolution, you can also go to a complaint resolution officer (CRO).

Carry-on equipment and baggage

Your carry-on ventilator (check in your spare ventilator, if possible), batteries, manual resuscitator and suction equipment, extra circuit, and spare mask or mouthpiece. Also, bring duct tape in case you rip or tear your tubing, blankets, a small pillow, a luggage trolley and a few bungee cords to more easily move and store your equipment and supplies (we offer custom-fitted transport bags for our LTV ventilators). Stow these items in a conveniently accessible location. Carefully monitor your ventilator response from take-off to landing. During your flight, if you suspect the ventilator is mechanically malfunctioning, use your manual resuscitator while evaluating the situation.

Contact information for the home medical equipment (HME) provider at your destination

The name and phone number of a HME provider in your destination city that services LTV ventilators, in case of emergency. To obtain a local provider, contact Customer Service domestically at 800-231-2466 or internationally at +1-714-283-2228.

Certificate of compliance

The DOT final rule "Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in air travel (73 FR27614, which updates Title 14CFR Part 382), effective May 13, 2009, provides important new requirements for the accommodation of passengers with respiratory-assistive devices, ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines.

While we wait for the FAA to issue guidelines and/or criteria regarding this labeling, our LTV Series ventilators offer a copy of the certificate that all LTV Series ventilators, LTMII Graphics Monitors and SprintPack™ batteries are in compliance with the requirements of the RTCA/DO-160F applicable regulations on electronic emissions for use aboard all commercial airlines.

Download and print this certificate.**

The LTV Series products in compliance are:

  • LTV 1200 ventilators
  • LTV 1150 ventilators
  • LTV 1000 ventilators
  • LTV 950 ventilators
  • LTV 900 ventilators
  • LTV 800 ventilators
  • LTM II Graphics Monitors
  • SprintPack battery systems

Airline policies

Ask your airline for their policies and options well in advance of your travel date. Learn more information from the International Ventilator User Network (IVUN) or Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Preparation for air travel

When making air travel reservations for a ventilated person, ask for a medical specialist to give your details and request a seat in the front, checking on courtesy first-class seats. This discussion will document your needs for your flight crew and prepare the aircraft as needed for your flight. Find out and apply what others knowledgeable in your situation recommend to travel successfully. Confirm that a flight attendant will be able and willing to help you in the event of an emergency. Preferably, consider traveling with a companion knowledgeable and trained in your care requirements.

Obtain:

  • A physician's letter
  • A letter from your physician stating your medical diagnosis, ability to travel, need for ventilation in-flight and need for medical equipment to stay with you.
  • Equipment information
  • The certificate of compliance with RTCA/DO-160F requirements.
  • An onboard document
  • A document you create with your ventilator name, model number, specifications and battery type, and ventilator manufacturer's name, address, phone and website. This information may help you through the strict security regulations and screening.
  • Airline contact information
  • The names and phone numbers of the supervisors on duty while you are at your departure and arrival airports.

Carry-on equipment and baggage

  • Special needs regulations
  • Ask your airline for the dimensions under your particular airplane's seats to determine if you can fit or need an additional seat for your equipment, including your portable suction unit, oxygen concentrators, blankets and pillows.
  • Supplemental oxygen requirements
  • At least 48 hours before your flight, notify your airline that you need oxygen. Ask them if you need an airline-approved oxygen concentrator or can use the onboard oxygen. Learn more information by visiting the TSA website.
  • Battery operation and power supply compatibilities
  • Ask your airline if you may use the onboard power supply while confirming it is compatible with your ventilator or your batteries. Airlines accept dry or gel—but not wet-cell—batteries for operating life support systems and equipment. Plan to bring battery power for your entire route in case of an onboard malfunction or last-minute aircraft changes. Also, prepare a document with your battery type, manufacturer and duration information.
  • If you pack a device containing batteries, secure it from activation by locking the switch in the "off" position, placing the device in a protective case or taking other appropriate measures.

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