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Here is a link to the information on CPAP's on United flights. If you plan to use it onboard and it/you meet the requirements, it will be exempt. If you just intend to bring it along with your suitcase in a seperate bag, then it counts as a carry on item.
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United Airlines will permit one bag plus one personal item per customer to be carried on the aircraft. The maximum combined linear measurement (length + width + height) of carry-on bags must not exceed 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (23 x 35 x 56 cm) or 45 linear inches (114 cm). Please note: All carry-on items must be stowed under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin.
In addition to your carryon bag and one personal item the following do not count toward your personal item:
Assistive devices (a cane, one set of crutches, prescription medications and any medical devices needed to administer the medications, a portable oxygen concentrator (POC), etc.)
That seems to say that your CPAP, carry-on, plus one personal item is allowed.
Here is the link to read about carry-on items.
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Customer-provided ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines:
Portable electronic personal ventilators, respirators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may be carried and used on board United flights if it can be verified by a manufacturers’ label or otherwise that the units meet applicable FAA requirements.
A forty-eight (48) hour minimum advance notification to United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) is required for customers using a ventilator, respirator or CPAP machine on board. Reservations will ensure the device you are planning to use is on the list of current, approved devices and will provide guidance on the number of batteries you will need for your flight. Customers can help by providing United with information from the manufacturer about the device meeting FAA regulations. Information should be provided at the time of booking.
Some seating restrictions may be necessary to comply with certain FAA safety rules.
Please note that aircraft in-seat electrical power is available on a limited number of aircraft, and there is no guarantee that the in-seat power will be operative. Flights operated by United Express will have no in-seat power. Therefore, customers must have an ample supply of fully charged batteries plus three hours of extra battery time for the flight. In case of failure of electronic equipment or unforeseen delays, United recommends that customers travel with manually operated backup supplies.
Ventilators, respirators and CPAP machines are considered assistive devices. They must be stowed and used in the passenger cabin consistent with applicable TSA, FAA and other regulations governing carry-on luggage.
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Answer is yes, in addition, to free carry-on