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Breelib and air travel

If you are planning to travel on holiday, always speak with your treating Centre who can advise you further.

When traveling by air, pack everything you will need in order to take the doses which will be needed during your flight.

On the day of travel, you may want to time your doses so that you take them when it will be most beneficial to you, and convenient. When deciding when you will take your doses consider the following factors:

  • Are there any stages of travel more physically demanding where a dose would be beneficial
  • Will you have access to a space where you feel comfortable using Breelib
  • Will you have access to ZeroWater to rinse Breelib after finishing your dose

The manufacturer of Breelib recommends the use of distilled water to care for Breelib. For full instructions, please refer to the Breelib Inhalation System Instructions for Use booklet (IFU) which is supplied in your Breelib Starter Pack.

Breelib and air travel

If you are planning to travel on holiday, always speak with your treating Centre who can advise you further.

When traveling by air, pack everything you will need in order to take the doses which will be needed during your flight.

On the day of travel, you may want to time your doses so that you take them when it will be most beneficial to you, and convenient. When deciding when you will take your doses consider the following factors:

  • Are there any stages of travel more physically demanding where a dose would be beneficial
  • Will you have access to a space where you feel comfortable using Breelib
  • Will you have access to ZeroWater to rinse Breelib after finishing your dose

The manufacturer of Breelib recommends the use of distilled water to care for Breelib. For full instructions, please refer to the Breelib Inhalation System Instructions for Use booklet (IFU) which is supplied in your Breelib Starter Pack.

UK Breelib Support Centre 0800 0463 255

The Breelib Support Centre agents are available Monday to Thursday, 9am - 5pm, and Friday 9am - 4pm (except on Public Holidays in England). An out-of-hours voicemail service is available and all messages will be responded to on the next working day.

For healthcare advice or questions relating to treatment please contact your healthcare professional or treating centre.

Before travelling to the airport

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  • Charge the base unit until the battery light stops blinking green, which can take  up to 4 hours. After a full charge, the battery will last up to 
1 week
  • Pack the correct charging adapter for your destination country
  • In the storage compartment of the carry case place a full tray of ampoules, 2 pipettes and 2 ampoule opening devices
  • Place the Breelib medical device QRC in the net pocket in the lid of the carry case 
  • Fill a large and a small plastic bottle with ZeroWater
  • Pack sheets of kitchen roll in your hand luggage for drying after rinsing
  • Ensure you have access to all required medication if you were to experience 
long delays
  • Pack your RESERVE Breelib device and charger

Breelib and airport security checks

Due to restrictions on the amount of liquids that can be taken through to Departures, any ZeroWater inside the large (500ml) plastic bottle must be emptied out before going through to the security area. The ZeroWater inside the small (100ml) plastic bottle is allowable, as long as you place it inside the resealable plastic bag along with the tray of Ventavis ampoules inside the carry case. Please speak with a member of the security team who can advise you further.

Breelib can be placed in the tray and can go through the security scanner.

Once you have cleared security make sure that you collect all of your belongings before going through to the Departures area.

At the airport - Departure area

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Once you are through to Departures, use your travel beaker to make enough ZeroWater to fill the large plastic bottle or bottles, depending on how long your flight is.

If you intend to take a dose before boarding the plane, you may want to find a place where you will feel comfortable using Breelib and plan where you will go.

Using Breelib on the plane

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Airlines and airline regulatory agencies have certain requirements for what kind of electrical items are allowed in either checked or carry on hand luggage.

Important considerations for Breelib are the kind of rechargeable batteries allowed and how Breelib is protected from being accidentally turned ON.

This section will provide you with technical information about Breelib which airlines may request as well as also helpful information about using Breelib to take a dose in-flight.

WHAT TYPE OF BATTERY IS INSIDE BREELIB?

The charge inside a battery is measured by units called watt hours. Personal electrical  gadgets with batteries up to 100 watt hours can be carried on board in your hand luggage and can be used during your flight. Breelib has a lithium polymer battery of 6.75 watts hours which is well below the upper limit.

If you are on a long-haul flight you may wish to take your RESERVE Breelib device in your carry on luggage but it can also be packed in your checked luggage. Always keep your RESERVE Breelib device in the carry case provided and store it somewhere safe when you arrive at your destination.

It is highly unlikely that Breelib could be turned ON accidentally. Breelib can only be turned ON if it has been put together and filled with drug. If Breelib was assembled and filled with drug and accidentally tuned ON, the device would turn itself OFF after 5 minutes.

When boarding the plane

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Once you have boarded the plane you should inform the cabin crew if you intend to use Breelib during the flight. Have your documentation ready in case you are asked to provide any further details.

You should agree with the cabin crew where you can use Breelib making sure it is in a place where you will feel comfortable. This could be the toilet compartment or the cabin crew area.

Always use Breelib away from other passengers, especially pregnant women and children, just in case any drug mist were to escape into the air around you.

Using Breelib to take a dose during the flight

Always use Breelib away from other passengers, especially pregnant women and children, just in case any drug mist were to escape into the air around you.

Breelib should only be used to take a dose during flight, when the overhead seat belt sign has been turned OFF. 
Do not use Breelib when the plane is taking off or landing. Should you get asked about why you are using Breelib, you can show the Breelib Medical Device QRC.

It is also important to use Breelib where you are able to rinse the nebuliser unit and mouthpiece immediately after you have finished taking your dose. Always make sure you have enough ZeroWater to rinse your nebuliser unit after finishing each dose. Normal tap or bottled water can be used for the mouthpiece if necessary. If you run out of ZeroWater in-flight, filter bottled water not tap water from the plane.

Safely handle and dispose of any broken glass from the empty ampoules. A compact travel sharps bin can be carried in your hand luggage but there is sometimes a sharps bin available on-board. Speak with your cabin crew who can advise you further.

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Drying the parts after rinsing

After emptying out leftover drug from the nebuliser unit and rinsing both parts, it will not be possible to leave them out to air dry.
To make sure the parts are dry in time for your next dose:

  • Shake away excess water from both parts
  • Wipe away water from the surfaces using kitchen roll or a Breelib cloth if you have one
  • With the cap open and drug-dosing system up, wrap the nebuliser unit in kitchen roll and store in the carry case
  • Lightly tap the front end and gently press the back end of the mouthpiece on fresh kitchen roll or a Breelib cloth will remove excess water
  • Wrap the mouthpiece in fresh kitchen roll and store in the carry case
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Things to remember about Breelib and air travel

  • Ensure you have packed all your Breelib equipment
  • Always plan for delays
  • Ensure Breelib is fully charged before leaving for the airport
  • On the day of travel, plan your doses accordingly
  • Use Breelib somewhere safe and where you are comfortable
  • Use the travel beaker to access ZeroWater when you are away
  • Notify cabin crew of your intention to use Breelib
  • Only use Breelib during flight when the overhead seatbelt sign is OFF
  • Use Breelib away from other passengers

For more information please see Breelib information sheet 10.