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FI and I are planning our honeymoon to Punta Cana. He is type 1 diabetic and just started on the pump about 8months ago. He’s flown for work before, but at the time he was on pens. Now with his pump, he has to carry a vial of insulin as well as a needle/syringe vs just a pen with tiny needles. I’m concerned that we’re flying international and his vial might become an issue (I don’t need to be interogiated thinking he’s trying to make some bomb or something!) so I’m overly worrying about it now. I was thinking of having his endo write a letter stating such & such, he thinks it won’t be any issue.
Does anyone have any experience flying internationally with a vial of insulin/any medication?
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- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@littlemiss511: Think of it this way, if anyone gives you any trouble you can sue for harassment and make a ton of money!!!!
Hope this puts you at ease: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/passengers-diabetes
Post # 5
My FI is type 1 and travels with insulin vials/pens/needles all the time. For a while, he carried a letter from his dr. stating he was diabetic, but he hasn’t needed to show it in years.
Post # 6
My sister is type 1 (diagnosed at age 5 over 15 years ago), she’s never had an issue…she has a doctor’s note she’s always kept in her kit bag (she too has switched to the pump, but when traveling she still brings needles to be safe.) She hasn’t had to show it in years though, she usually just says before walking through the metal detector “I’m diabetic and I wear an insulin pump” and if she’s wearing clothing where it’s possible, slightly lifts her shirt to show it chilling on her hip and they let her walk on by.
Post # 7
My FI is a type 1 too and we fly all the time! It’s no biggie, the worst that will happen is a pat-down. You don’t really need a doctor’s note, but it can’t hurt. I’ve even brought insulin for him and he wasn’t there and I didn’t have an issue. Sometimes he’ll take his pump off and put it through the x-ray machine but it’s usually easier to wear it.
Post # 8
thank you ladies so much!! I’m much more at ease now! 🙂
Post # 9
I’m with you OP! The TSA guidelines aren’t universal. It likely won’t be a problem, but getting the note just in case is a good idea.
Post # 10
@littlemiss511: I’m pretty sure that if you take it out of the bag at security, they will test it for explosives and whatever and let you through. Breastmilk is considered a medication and that is what they did for me when I flew with like 30oz of it in bottles.
Post # 11
I have two close friends who are Type I diabetics (and use the pump) and I think they both have doctors notes, but I know one of the notes is from when she was like 8. They are not necessary, but they could help if you were flying outside of the country/TSA’s jurisdiction. I flew to Mexico with one of them 2 years ago and she didn’t have any issues that I’m aware of.
Also, I don’t know if your FI keeps a can of Mt. Dew with him incase he ever needs to raise his blood sugar (both of my friends have a can of soda in their purse/backpack at all times). But if he does, he’ll have to throw it out before security, and then buy a new can after security.
Post # 12
I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 3 years old. I fly with my pump, needles, syringes and vials. I’ve never had a problem. As a precaution, I warn the TSA agent that I’m wearing a pump before I step into scanner. They never care and I don’t get extra patting. Congratulations and good luck!
Post # 13
thank you ladies! FI went to his endo yesterday and I had him get a letter just in case