How can I get through airport security with my diabetic supplies?

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Your diabetes equipment and medications are necessary and permitted through security checkpoints.

If you use an insulin pump, you may be required to undergo more comprehensive screening, including hand and explosives checks of all of your carry-on luggage. Be aware of these new rules, and allow extra time to pass through security.

Security regulations allow anyone to pass through security with 3.4 ounces or less of liquids, aerosols, or gels. These items must be put in one quart-size, sealable bag. However, larger volumes of prescription liquids and other liquids needed by people with disabilities and medical conditions are allowed through airport security. They must be declared to the TSA officer on duty.

Some Allowed Prescription and Other Liquids

  • All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols), including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes.
  • Liquids, including water, juice, or liquid nutrition, or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition.
  • Life-support and life-sustaining liquids, such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs.
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids.
  • Gels or frozen liquids that are needed to cool disability-related or medically related items used to treat disabilities or medical conditions.
You should notify the security agent that you have diabetes and that you are carrying diabetes medication and supplies with you.

TSA-Allowed Diabetes Supplies and Equipment

  • Insulin and insulin-loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, biojectors, epipens, infusers, and preloaded syringes).
  • Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication.
  • Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, and meter-testing solutions.
  • Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needle), but must be accompanied by insulin.
  • Glucagon emergency kit.
  • Urine ketone test strips.
  • Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in a disposal container or other similar hard-surface container.
  • Sharps disposal containers or similar hard-surface disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips.
  • Insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.

 

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