It seems that the new TSA regulations are causing problems for people with insulin pumps. The following article has some suggestions, but no definite answers.
Travelling with a Pump
Wow, this year has gone quick. Does it feel like it is time for Thanksgiving already?
Well, a few of you are soon going to be travelling to meet your families. I thought this link was very useful – ADAs Fact Sheet – Air Travel and Diabetes. It covers all the items that you are legally allowed to bring on board with you.
Here are some of my tips on how to make travel less worrisome:
- Arrive at the airport 2-3 hours early so that should be enough time if you have any hassle in security.
- Make sure to review TSA’s website for travel updates
- Try to have prescription labels for all medications and/or supplies.
- I like to pack medications in a separate clear bag and place in your carry-on luggage. That way, if the airplane is making everyone check their carry-on, you can easily get the medicine bag out of your carry-on and then board.
- Most of the airport personnel that I have dealt with knew what an insulin pump was before I even mentioned what it was.
- Some medical ids can set off medical detectors.
- Bring a snack/glucose tabs, in case you flight or travel time is delayed.
Hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!