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RE: [IPk] Flying

Just a warning about the old Balance/BDA cards - they are not universally
accepted. I flew back from Geneva about a year ago and spent several hours
getting through security. It was never a problem - they were all nice and
could see that I needed to be carrying insulin and syringes. The hitch was
finding someone who would take responsiblity for saying yes to me boarding
the plane. They were not very interested in my BDA card with a photo and
doctor's signature. Point is not to rely on the cards. Unfortunately there's
probably no substitute for allowing lots of time to get through security
checks at the moment.

IDDM 6+, Minimed pumper 3months

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Behalf Of Martin P M Hall
Sent: 17 March 2003 18:32
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Subject: [IPk] Flying

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My thanks to those commenting recently about travelling with a pump (and
for all the other items).

First the card.  I've seen translations before and carry a note which
probably came from Balance a long time ago.  In English it says:
	"I am a diabetic having daily insulin.  If I am found ill please give me
two tablespoons of sugar in water.  There should be sugar in my pocket or
bag.  If I am unconscious or do not recover, please call a doctor or
Not exactly the words I would have chosen, but I will type out the French,
Italian and German versions if it would help.
In fact I always use one or two glucose tablets when needed ("Dextro
energy") as I am used to how effective they are and how soon.

Second the body search.  I always used to let the alarm ring at the check
point and show the checker (usually in a booth).  They used to be
interested, but now came to regard it as a routine.  Now I simply put all
metal into a jacket pocket going through the x-ray checker, and the alarm
no longer sounds off so I do not raise the subject.  It just saves time and
avoids complication.  My current pump is a MiniMed 506.

Third the doctor's letter.  I carry one (in English only), but do not
recall using it.

I  started on the pump in 1983 and used to travel quite a lot.

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