From Pennsylvania, USA:
My 10 year old son, diagnosed 5 years ago, will be traveling with us by plane this summer. What should we expect at the security checkpoints and how should we handle carrying the needles, lancets, etc.?
Our family, including our daughter with diabetes, have traveled nationally and internationally and have not encountered any problems at the airport security check points.
It is safe to put your glucose meter as well as the rest of your diabetes supplies through the X-ray. We usually carry insulin, strips and enough syringes for a couple of days and lancets in a day pack. You can opt to put additional strips, syringes, lancets and other supplies in your carry-on bag or in locked checked luggage. Always carry your insulin with you, including a backup set. Besides being very cold in the baggage compartment, a condition which may affect your insulin, it is prudent to carry all medications with you when you travel in case of lost baggage or delays.
[Editor's comment: See also:
- Global Diabetes Organizations
- Prescription Laws from Around the World
- How to Say "I Have Diabetes" in Many Languages
Original posting 24 Mar 1999
Posted to Traveling
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:01
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