Flying with diabetes!
Yes you can! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to board airplanes with insulin, syringes, insulin pumps, liquids such as juice, and “all diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies.”
Here are some tips:
- When you can, bring prescription labels for all medications. They aren’t required, but it may help things go more smoothly.
- Pack your meds in a clear plastic bag in your carry-on bag.
- Before your carry-on items go through x-ray, pull out the bag of medications for easy viewing by TSA staff.
- Bring easy-to-carry snacks that give you a quick source of glucose, such as a nutrition bar or a bag of nuts and raisins.
- Bring back-up supplies.
- Expect delays!
- Finally, for those of you on insulin, eastward travel means a shorter day so you may need less insulin. Westward travel means a longer day, so more insulin may be needed.
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