Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Traveling with medical aids.

Medical devices and aids are transported free of charge if you present a letter from a physician confirming that you require them.

Medical devices and aids (e.g. respirators, inhalators, crutches, etc.) are transported free of charge if you present a physician’s letter confirming that you need them. You can also take medications with you without any charge if you present a prescription for them. Only medical devices, aids, and medications prescribed by a physician are exempt from fees; all others are treated as ordinary baggage.

Luggage containing or consisting of medical devices is limited to one bag or item per passenger. It may not weigh more than 23 kg. Medical devices do not count toward the usual baggage allowance.

For safety reasons, all medical aids, medications, and devices must be reported to the airline in advance in writing (by mail, fax, or e-mail). Only passengers who can document that they are severely disabled are exempted from this requirement.

The following types of special medical luggage are transported free of charge under the conditions described above:

  • Respirators, asthma devices, inhalators
  • CPAP devices
  • Catheters
  • Bandaging
  • Walking aids (crutches, walkers, walking frames)
  • Wheelchairs with accessories (subject to the currently applicable restrictions)
  • Hygiene articles (diapers), stomas
  • Shower/toilet seats, sliding boards for wheelchair users
  • Prostheses
  • Emergency kits for physicians
  • Dialysis devices, defibrillators, lymphatic drainage devices, electric stimulation therapy devices
  • Suction devices and irrigators
  • Medications and syringes

Your Wheelchair

Wheelchairs must be reported in advance.

If you are taking your own wheelchair with you, you must report it in advance to the airline while indicating its measurements (height, width, and weight).

Important: If you are traveling with a battery-powered wheelchair, when booking your flight please also provide information about the type of battery used.

Gel and dry-cell batteries may remain in the wheelchair and require no special preparations for transport. However, before checking it you must secure and disconnect the batteries and isolate their poles.

For security reasons, wheelchairs with wet-cell batteries must be specially packed. Please contact your airline in advance for details.