Now you’re all packed, the next obstacle that needs to be overcome is the airport, more specifically airport security. Be sure to research the specific requirements for the airports you are travelling through and bear in mind that requirement may vary from country to country. If you’re setting off from the UK, here are the top tips for making it through security without any hiccups.
Insulin needles and blood glucose testing lancets are allowed on aeroplanes but carrying either your prescription, a letter from your doctor outlining your condition and need for medical supplies, or a pharmaceutical label for your supplies should mean you avoid any sticky situations
Insulin is allowed to be taken in your carry-on luggage in any form, be that in vials or in a pen. However, it is very important that you remember to not put your insulin in your checked luggage; severe changes in temperature and pressure can interfere with it. Before your first insulin injection after landing, inspect your insulin and, if it looks suspicious, discard it or contact your healthcare professional. Also, if you do not wish to have your insulin/insulin pump go through the X-ray machine, a hand inspection can be requested. Any medication is exempt from you having to use only one clear bag when going through security, put your medicationin a separate bag away from your other liquids and make it clear to staff that it is medication.
Insulin pumps may be adversely affected by the full body scanners and so it is advised that you contact the manufacturer of your pump before travelling to understand whether or not yours will. Then get a doctor’s note explaining your situation and that you are requested a pat down and body search instead.
Basically, everything should be fine and there are regulations in place to make sure that people with diabetes are not left without any of their supplies. However, it is always best to over prepare than to under prepare!
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