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Re: [IPk] Airline advice needed in a hurry!!!



I flew American Airlines about 2 months ago from Manchester to Philadelphia,
and there was no problem with my infusion sets, needles, syringes etc. I
took a doctor's letter saying I had DM, but noone asked to see it. I didn't
have any prescriptions or anything. I really don't think there is any cause
for concern - if they ask, tell them why you need them, if they don't ask,
don't tell them.
At one of the security checkins they frisked me and found my pump. I said
"it's an insulin pump" and they said fine. That was it.
Actually it's more down to the airport than the airline, since when you go
through Xray it's the airport security who check you.
Di

----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 1:32 AM
Subject: [IPk] Airline advice needed in a hurry!!!


> Hi,
>
> Can anyone out there give me any information on airline travel from the UK
to
> the US with a pump---specifically, with the hypodermic needles/syringes
used
> with the Minimed? I have always taken several on board the plane with me
as
> carry-on whenever I travel anywhere, especially long overseas flights (11+
> hours to California), just in case there is any problem with my pump and I
> should need a tubing change. I realize now that there are new regulations
in
> place regarding needles post 9/11.
>
> American Airlines in the UK (Heathrow) has informed me that they will
allow
> diabetics to bring on needles up to 1 inch long, provided you have a
doctor's
> prescription for them. The problem for me is I have never had a
prescription
> for my pump consumables, as they are not covered by the NHS and I have
always
> paid for them myself. Hence, no prescription. My supplier in the UK,
Applied
> Medical Technologies, tells me there is nothing they can do, as they can't
> provide prescriptions.
>
> I leave on Wednesday for LA, and I'm getting a little worried now. I
really
> hate the thought of traveling without backup supplies----and the thought
of
> the airline "misplacing" the supplies I'm bringing for a month-long trip,
> which I would have to check in with my luggage, really scares me. Any
advice
> anyone?
>
> Also, can anyone tell me about the return trip situation---what is the US
> side like? I've read that they don't require prescriptions (as these can
be
> forged), but only an insulin bottle with the doctor's name on it. Is that
> still true? Does that mean hypodermic needles are acceptable?
>
> I would really greatly appreciate any advice from you diabetic jetsetters
out
> there! Help!!!! Thanks so much!!!
>
> --Shelley
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