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Re: [IP] Re: airport security

I have not flown since I became a diabetic.  This might be a stupid
question, but why can't you put your test kit or meter through the x ray
machine?  I will be flying and cruising the first week in December and I
could use travel advice.  I just started pumping 9/10/01.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Liz Davis" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 2:36 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: airport security

> >----- Original Message -----
>  >From: <email @ redacted>
>  >
>  >I'm flying to Fla. soon and heard that there are 2-3 hour delays at
>  >while they check out diabetic supplies.
>  >How can we alert the people to let us through?
>  >I've called Delta, but this security measure is so new they don't really
>  >have
>  >good info.
>  >Thanks.
>  >Marian
> At 08:43 PM 10/7/01 -0500, you wrote:
>  >I just flew out of Houston Hobby on wednesday and out of New Orleans on
>  >Friday.  Neither time was I stopped to check my diabetic supplies.  I
>  >very surprised.  just thought I would pass this on
> I recently flew from San Francisco, CA to Pittsburgh, PA, to Manchester,
> and back again and had no problem whatsoever with my supplies.  Because of
> the supposedly more rigorous security measures I packed all my pump
> supplies in a checked bag, took the pocket knife and fingernail clippers
> out of my purse, and carried with me only two syringes, a bottle of
> insulin, and my test kit.
> Before the flight I called the airline (U.S. Airways) and found out their
> requirements for these items. For them, anyone can carry syringes as long
> as they have a vial of insulin with the manufacturer's label on it.  I
> tried to call the airport to find out their requirements but was unable to
> get through.  So to be on the safe side I had my doctor write a letter of
> medical necessity for the insulin, syringes, and test kit. I carried the
> letter with me in my purse.
> At check in the agent asked if I had anything that could be considered a
> weapon.  I explained about the syringes and he said that as long as I had
> only as many as I needed it shouldn't be a problem.  I asked him how many
> that could be.  His answer was that they wouldn't let someone on with 50
> syringes, but fewer than that wouldn't be a problem.
> I sent my carry-on stuff through the X-ray machine and no one questioned
> it, to my great surprise.  I had the usual difficulty in not sending my
> test kit through the machine--they told me to send it through, I told them
> I couldn't, turned it on, and told them what it was--but that was about
> Please take note that this happened before we attacked the Taliban, so
> things may be different now.  My feeling is that at that time security had
> not gotten any better at all.  That made things easier for me, but I'm not
> sure it was a good thing.
> Of course I had to wait an hour and a half to reach the check in booth but
> I guess that was to be expected given all the airline company layoffs and
> the fact that I arrived at the airport at 5:00 am for a 7:30 am flight.
> Liz
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