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[IP] Flying With Diabetes: New Precautions
8 Tips to prevent problems
The Transportation Safety Administration offers the following advise for
persons with diabetes who will be traveling by air:
Notify the screener that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies
Make sure insulin (vials or outer box of individual doses), jet injectors,
pens, infusers, and preloaded syringes are marked properly (professionally
printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or
There is no limitation on the number of empty syringes that you will be
allowed to carry through the security checkpoint; however you must have
insulin with you in order to carry empty syringes through the checkpoint.
Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose test strips can be carried
through the security checkpoint.
Notify screeners if you're wearing an insulin pump and ask if they will
visually inspect the pump since it cannot be removed from your person.
Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin with
professionally printed labels described above.
If possible, advise screeners when/if you are experiencing low blood sugar
and are in need of medical assistance.
In the event that you encounter problems boarding a flight, you should
contact the FAA Grounds Security Commissioner at the airport for assistance.
You should not pack diabetes supplies in checked baggage, because the cargo
hold temperatures can vary greatly and because you may need the supplies
during the flight.
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