(Closed) Flying with insulin?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 5
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1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My Fiance 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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance 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 # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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2780 posts
Sugar bee

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 Fiance 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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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!

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