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RE: [IP] flying
I fly a few times a year on business - including a two-week trip to London a
few months ago, so I've faced these questions too.
On that London trip, I made sure to have both a letter and fresh
prescriptions from my Dr., even though these aren't enough. Since I get all
my supplies mail-order, none of them have pharmacy labels on them, so I just
brought most of them in a plastic bag. I did make sure that my insulin,
which I get locally, had the pharmacy label on it though. Also, I carried
most of the supplies in my checked bag, but kept a small supply in my
briefcase, which I carried on. Oh yeah, I carry an empty BG-meter strip
container to put my used "sharps" in, too.
Now, having said that, It was all a waste of time. :-) Seriously, even
though I was one of the "randomly selected" passengers to get the extra
search, nobody has ever said anything about my supplies - reservoirs (with
needles attached), infusion sets (again, with the inserter needle), nor
backup syringes. The only thing that ever happens is that I'm told to
remove my "beeper" (actually a MiniMed 508) before going through the metal
detector. I just explain what it is, and I'm good. Only once did I ever
have show the tubing and infusion set to convince somebody, and it has never
set off the metal detector.
YMMV and have a nice trip!
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 20:44:18 -0600
From: "Tom L" <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] flying
My husband & I are flying for the first time and I was wondering if anyone
any suggestions to make the trip less stressful. We live in Wisconsin and
flying to Mexico 1/11/03. I am on the insulin pump almost one year and will
be bringing an extra pump along. I am told a note from the doctor will not
do, but all supplies must have the pharmacy label on. Not all my supples
labels since I have not used the first insulin pen and do not have all the
containers I got them in last January and do not need any new supplies.
Where do I put my supplies? In my purse or carry on. What do you do with
needles? I have a needle container, but will they let me carry this along,
both ways? Do I insist that certain things do not go through the security
I am not afraid of flying, but terrified about getting both ways through
security, with all my supplies.
Any suggestions will be helpful.
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