Diabetics can carry supplies onto airplanes
I am diabetic. Do I have to put my insulin and insulin needles in my check-in luggage or can I carry them on the airplane with me?
Answer: You can carry them on board with you.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, exceptions to the banning of liquids and gels past airport security checkpoints include: Diabetes-related supplies and equipment, such as insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products; vials or box of individual vials; jet injectors; pens; infusers; and preloaded syringes; and an unlimited number of unused syringes, when accompanied by insulin; lancets; blood glucose meters; blood glucose meter test strips; insulin pumps; and insulin pump supplies.
The insulin must be marked with a professionally printed label or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label.
Other permitted carry-ons are baby formula or breast milk when traveling with an infant; prescription medication, if the prescription name matches the passenger's ticket; up to eight ounces of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatment; and up to four ounces of nonprescription liquid medications, such as eye drops.
However, all of these items will be subject to physical inspection. So, the TSA advises carrying only what is "essential to sustain you until arrival at their final destination," to minimize delays as passengers are screened at checkpoints.
Check the TSA's Web site, tsa.gov, for updated information on travel restrictions.
For travelers with medication, the TSA advises making sure the name on prescription medications matches that of the passenger; bringing documentation on medications, devices, etc., where possible, although this is not required; and to pack medications in a clear bag separate from other carry-on items.
If you have additional questions about what can and cannot be carried on a flight, call the TSA Contact Center, toll-free, at (866) 289-9673 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays, Eastern Standard Time. Or you can e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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