Needles and any other sort of insulin delivery devices are permitted on airplanes. BUT, carrying a prescription, letter from your doctor, or pharmaceutical label for your supplies with you is a good idea — especially when traveling abroad as to avoid any language barriers.
Do I need a doctor’s note to fly with insulin?
Checked Bags: Yes
Please notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified. Learn more about transporting medication on your next flight.
Can I fly with insulin needles?
Yes. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) specifically states that passengers are permitted to board airplanes with insulin, syringes, insulin pumps, liquids “includ[ing] “water, juice, or liquid nutrition,” and “all diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies.”
How do I pack my insulin to keep it cold on a plane?
Packing: Put your diabetes supplies in a carry-on bag (insulin could get too cold in your checked luggage). Think about bringing a smaller bag to have at your seat for insulin, glucose tablets, and snacks. Pack twice as much medicine as you think you’ll need.
How much insulin can I take on a plane?
Know what is and isn’t allowed by the TSA guidelines: Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; up to 8 oz. of liquid (insulin) or low blood sugar treatment gel and up to 4 oz. of non- prescription liquid medications are permitted. pack them in your checked luggage.
Can you take injectable medication on a plane?
Checked Bags: Yes
Unused syringes are allowed when accompanied by injectable medication. You must declare these items to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection. We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.
How do you carry injections on a plane?
“•Please carry any medication, liquid medication or syringes in your hand baggage (if possible in the original packaging) with a prescription or supporting letter from your doctor that confirms this medication is prescribed to you to avoid delays at security or customs.”
Can you be a pilot with diabetes?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identifies insulin use as an absolutely disqualifying condition to receiving a medical certificate to operate aircraft.
Can airport scanners take insulin?
Under normal conditions, insulin can safely pass through X-ray machines at airport terminals. If you have concerns about X-rays, you can request hand inspection. Also, insulin never should be placed in checked baggage. It could be affected by severe changes in pressure and temperature.
How do I keep my insulin pen cold while traveling?
If you’re going somewhere cold, like skiing up on a mountain, keep your insulin inside your coat or jacket pocket, or somewhere close to your body to prevent it from getting too cold. If you’re going somewhere hot, like a tropical island, be careful not to leave your insulin sitting inside a bag or car.
Does flying affect diabetes?
True, flight delays and changes in routine — even the hours spent sitting rather than being active — can affect your blood sugar. You can compensate with more frequent blood sugar testing, and keep a handy stash of snacks and drinks, too, says Davida Kruger, author of The Diabetes Travel Guide.