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Many of you with diabetes will be flying for the upcoming holiday season. You may be wondering how Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations affect you, particularly if you use an insulin pump.
First, arrive at the airport early, particularly during peak travel periods. Let the security officer know you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies. Once screened, the following supplies and equipment, including insulin pumps, are allowed through the checkpoint:
Check with your insulin pump company on whether your pump can go through the full-body scanner. Chances are that the insulin pump may trigger a secondary pat down.
Bring a letter from your doctor and prescription labels for medications and devices. Insulin pump websites have airport information cards you can carry. Pack medications in a separate, clear bag and keep it in your carry-on luggage.
Additional information can be found on the TSA website.
Happy holidays and safe travels!
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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