Can any of you give me advice on international air travel with an LVAD? I live in South Africa but travel fairly regularly for work to the rest of Africa, Europe and the Middle East. For long haul flights I really need to shift to my mains adapter (the same one I use at night) to preserve my batteries, especially if I've had a busy day before leaving South Africa or have a busy day ahead at my destination. I found out about the FREMEC (Frequent Medical Traveler) card and have applied and been turned down by both South African Airways and Emirates, on the basis that their regulations only allow medical passengers to plug in equipment for oxygen or life support. All other medical equipment must be powered by batteries, which would mean that I need to carry lots of batteries with me! That's an option but I would need to carry six batteries around with me on international travel. Has anyone any advice from their experience?
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:04pm#1