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[IP] Re: New Flying Security Regulations
> It seems to depend on which pump you have. I recently read that some one
with , I think, one of the MiniMeds experienced that it made the metal
detector go off somewhere.
That someone was probably me. I have a MM507C and have had the metal detector
go off not all times that I have flown but at least 4 times. The first time
was at Midway before 9/11 and they asked if I could remove it and I said no.
They were very nice but did pat me down. They also asked about my pump
supplies but really it was mostly genuine curiosity. Later I thought if I
hold the pump away from me and they wand me, then they would know that it was
the pump. I do think that the screeners are more aware of diabetes supplies
and the pump now. I have gone through Midway since then without setting off
the alarm so it is hit and miss. I also set it off in Kansas City but it did
seem that everyone was setting the alarm off.
I would not say anything unless they ask. My experience lately is that they
seem to not care about diabetic supplies. My 18 yr old daughter flew from
O'Hare to Florida a few days ago. They had huge machines by the ticket
counters, I assume to x-ray the luggage. Also (and it may have been this way
for awhile), non-ticketed passengers cannot go very far into the airport at
all so I really couldn't wait anywhere with her in the airport so she told me
I could leave. It was the same way at Midway that non-ticketed passengers
couldn't wait and eat anywhere. She had no trouble with her diabetes supplies
going through security. She doesn't wear a pump (yet). I think she is going
through the honeymoon period and can control her BG pretty well with 1 shot of
Lantus and an occasional shot of humalog so she really isn't motivated to get
a pump yet. I know I wasn't motivated until I was having trouble even with 5
shots a day and was afraid I my kidneys were failing.
Type 1 - 29 years, pumping 3 1/2 years
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