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Traveling with Diabetes

June 7, 2006

  • Notify the TSO that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. The following diabetes-related supplies and equipment are allowed through the checkpoint once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed:
    1. Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, infusers, preloaded syringes, and insulin inhalers.
    2. Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medications; lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions; insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needle).
    3.  Glucagon emergency kit
    4. Urine ketone test strips
    5.  Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in Sharps disposal container or other similar hard-surface container.
    6. 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.
  • If you are concerned or uncomfortable about going through the walk-through metal detector with your insulin pump, notify the TSO that you are wearing an insulin pump and would like a full-body pat-down and a visual inspection of your pump instead.
  • Advise the TSO that the insulin pump cannot be removed because it is inserted with a catheter (needle) under the skin.
  • Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin.
  • Advise TSO if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.
  • You have the option of requesting a visual inspection of your insulin.

While this list of tips for raveling with medications may seem long and tedious, I urge you to take the time to review the tips as you never know what information could help to save your life or your travel companions.

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