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Passengers travelling with Medical Portable Electronic Devices (MPED)

Strict regulations exist regarding the use of portable electronic devices onboard aircraft. Cathay Pacific does not provide any Medical Portable Electronic Devices (MPED), but passengers are allowed to use their own medical portable electronic devices (including respiratory assistive devices) inflight if:

  • Advance notice has been provided.
  • The passenger has been cleared as medically fit to fly (MEDA clearance) if there is any doubt that s/he is able to complete the flight without extraordinary medical assistance or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
  • Devices can be stowed and used consistent with applicable safety and security regulations.

To ensure safety during flight, please note the following:

Advance notice

  • For your safety and comfort, please advise our local Reservations office as soon as possible if you intend to use any medical portable electronic device (including respiratory assistive devices) while on board. At a minimum, please contact reservations at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of your intended flight.
  • When calling your local Reservation office, please provide information on the make, model number, and physical dimensions of your device.
  • FREMEC Card – if you are a regular traveller onboard Cathay Pacific, you can apply for a Frequent Travellers Medical Card (FREMEC). If you hold a FREMEC card, you no longer have to submit the details of your device each time you fly with us, provided there has been no change in your condition or the assistance required. For enquiries about the FREMEC card, please contact your local Reservations office.

Medical clearance

  • Medical clearance (MEDA) is recommended for passengers who intend to use medical devices inflight in order to ensure that they are fit to fly.
  • Exception: Passengers who only require the use of a CPAP machine inflight do not need medical clearance.
  • POC users must provide a Physician Statement, dated within 10 days of departure date of the first flight, stating that the passenger is able to operate the POC appropriately, must use a POC for medical reasons, and indicate the flow setting and whether it is required during all phases of flight. The statement should also advise whether the doctor believes the passenger “is capable of completing the flight safely, without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight”.

    Please note that POC users holding a valid FREMEC card are not required to provide a Physician Statement each time they fly, provided there has been no change in their condition or the assistance required.
  • Please contact our local Reservations office for more details.

Carrying Portable Medical Electronic Devices operated by Lithium Batteries

When travelling with portable medical electronic devices operated by lithium batteries, such as Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC),  Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), please use the following table to determine if the device can be accepted as carry-on baggage or checked baggage:

Watt-hour Rating (Wh) or (Li Content) Configuration Carry-On Baggage Check-In Baggage
≤ 100 Wh (2 g) In equipment Yes Yes, but recommended to be stored in carry-on baggage. (see note below)
Spares Yes, 20 pieces per passenger No
> 100 Wh to ≤ 160 Wh (2 g – 8 g)   In equipment   Yes No
Spares Yes, 2 pieces per passenger No
> 160 Wh (8 g)

Forbidden in any baggage

Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.  

Note:
The maximum number of equipment/electronic devices containing lithium batteries (each within 160Wh or 2g) for carriage in check-in baggage is 10 pieces per passenger, and up to 10 pieces in each bag. For example:

  • 10 pieces per passenger in total (eg one passenger checks in two bags)
  • 10 pieces maximum in one bag (eg two passengers check-in one bag only)

Refer to Lithium Batteries for more information.

Power supply

Non Critical Medical Portable Electronic Device (e.g. CPAP machine, nebulisers, neurostimulators, HR/BP monitors, syringe/feeding pumps, suction devices and aspirators)

  • All non critical medical portable electronic devices can either be connected to the inflight laptop power 110Vac outlets (where available) or be self powered using approved dry-cell or gel-type battery packs in accordance with all applicable regulations.
  • Maximum power output from the inflight laptop power is 100Watts and, if your device draws more than this, the inflight laptop power outlet will be automatically deactivated. We cannot guarantee that every aircraft is equipped with the inflight laptop power 110Vac outlet OR that any of the inflight laptop power 110Vac outlets will be serviceable and therefore we recommend that you bring a sufficient number of fully charged batteries for the intended duration of use. For further information on Inflight Laptop Power, please refer here.
  • For self powered devices any additional batteries carried onboard must be packed in accordance with the relevant authority regulations and requirements for safety, security and hazardous material. Please see here for further information.
  • Please note that Cathay Pacific Airways is not responsible for any injury or subsequent breakdown or operational failure of any medical equipment owned, supplied or used by passengers on our aircraft.
  • Please note that aircraft in-seat electrical power is not guaranteed to be available or operative on all flights. Cathay Pacific Airlines is not liable for any injury or harm to the passenger caused by a passenger attempting to use the power supplies for medical portable electronic devices or by the failure of onboard power supplies.  Passengers use power supplies at their own risk.

Critical Medical Portable Electronic Device (e.g. POC, Ventilators, Respirators, Incubators and Defibrillators)

  • All critical medical portable electronic devices must be self-powered using approved/original battery packs.
  • Passengers must provide an adequate number of fully charged batteries for the intended period of use inflight. For devices to be used continuously, it is required that passengers bring batteries sufficient to power the device for at least 150% of the expected maximum flight duration. Please contact the local Reservations office regarding the expected flight duration.
  • Spare batteries will not be supplied by Cathay Pacific.
  • All batteries carried onboard must be packed in accordance with the relevant authority regulations and requirements for safety, security and hazardous material. Please see here for further information.
  • These critical medical devices and battery pack(s) must never be charged using the aircraft power supply.
  • Please note that for safety reasons, passengers will not be permitted to connect any critical medical portable electronic devices such as POC, Ventilator, Respirator, Incubator or Defibrillator to the inflight laptop power and must instead supply their own power in accordance with all applicable regulations.

Restrictions

Restriction on use during certain phases of flight:

  • Critical medical portable electronic devices can be used during all phases of flight, provided they can be properly stowed in accordance with applicable safety regulations and are battery operated. NOTE: If the device is required to be used continuously during all phases of flight, safety regulations restrict passengers from being seated in exit rows and bulk head seats.
  • All non critical medical portable electronic devices may only be used on board after cabin crew has made an announcement informing passengers that it is allowed, until the seat belt sign is switched on in preparation for landing. They have to be stowed for take-off, taxiing and landing.
  • As with all portable electronic devices carried on board an aircraft, the operating captain has the right to request that any device be turned off if he/she believes it is affecting the aircraft systems. If such a request is made, the device must be turned off immediately.

Nebulisers

  • Use of these devices will be banned during any outbreak of respiratory infectious disease to prevent the spread of disease.

Humidifiers

  • Only humidifiers connected to medical devices can be used onboard.
  • Personal humidifiers are not permitted to be used onboard as they are not medical assistive devices.  If you wish to use one on board, please contact our Reservations Office.

Advance check in

Please check in at least one hour before the scheduled departure time of your intended flight.

Updated 12 March 2014