Holidays and travel

22) Other portable devices

Travelling by air should be relatively straightforward if you have been fitted with a pacemaker or an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).  Pacemaker and  ICD heart devices are designed so that they should not be affected by security screening equipment at airports.  However, there is a small chance that the metal parts of your device might set off airport security metal detector alarms. Therefore it is important to carry your personal Patient ID card with you at all times when travelling as it contains essential information.

Often, the following items need to be approved in advance of flying:

  • Nebuliser.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines (CPAP).


  • You may not be guaranteed a power supply so ensure you have adequate battery life.
  • Your baggage allowance may be affected.
  • There may be a weight limit.
  • You may need a doctors letter.


Check before booking to avoid problems down the line.
Be ready to provide details of the device i.e. The make and model, type of battery.