Just another thing Diabetes have to deal with when traveling See article...

By mustangpeg Latest Reply 2011-08-08 21:00:49 -0500
Started 2011-08-05 22:15:59 -0500

Pregnant flier says TSA confiscated her insulinBy Joe Myxter, travel editor
The Transportation Security Administration apologized Friday to a pregnant flier who said the TSA confiscated her insulin and ice packs at a security checkpoint at the Denver airport.

Aaron Nieman, the woman’s husband, told msnbc.com that his wife was traveling alone and the insulin vials were “well under the three ounces required by the TSA.” Nieman said screeners confiscated one full vial, didn’t see another full vial, and left his wife with a third that was nearly half full.

However, the TSA said agents did not confiscate any insulin.

"TSA’s initial review of this incident indicates that our officer did not take the passenger’s medication, only the unfrozen ice pack," TSA said in a statement sent to msnbc.com.

"The passenger was advised that she would not be able to bring an oversized, unfrozen ice pack through the checkpoint, but that she could purchase additional ice in the concourse."

The mother-to-be, traveling to a baby shower in Arizona, told 7News, Denver’s local ABC News affiliate, that she had a doctor's note and the medication was labeled correctly. She added that she was forced to arrange to have additional insulin sent to her.

8 replies

Piper5 2011-08-08 21:00:49 -0500 Report

Just came back from Las Vegas airport where when I told them I was wearing an insulin pump and sensor, they looked my extra vials over pretty good then took me into private pat down. Had to take out my pump from pocket and they looked it over pretty good too. But they at least lete keep everything.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-07 05:58:42 -0500 Report

I hope they helped with the expense of shipping more insulin. I guess I better be careful when I take my trip to Denver. Thanx for posting this.

realsis77 2011-08-06 18:33:14 -0500 Report

Oh my gosh! If they took my insulin id have a total fit! I hate hearing stories like this one! I remember traveling with my infant son after 911 and they dumped his bottle! For goodness sakes! I swear I believe we need to be secure however properly labeled insulin should not be looked at like a threat! They need to concentrate on the real threats! I do suppose now days its hard to know just who that threat is…sad but true…

Harlen 2011-08-06 17:48:29 -0500 Report

I just look at them and sey you wish to take the risk that I get sick from what you are doing ,with my phone cam on I wish they would try just one time thats all I ask just one time lol lol lol lol lol

JoleneAL 2011-08-06 05:44:27 -0500 Report

…and now you see why I won't fly. I hate driving long distances, but at least I don't have to worry about something like this or getting sexually assaulted at the same time.

camerashy 2011-08-06 01:29:11 -0500 Report

I always go to my doctor before I fly and get him to write a note stating that I'm diabetic and must carry insulin, test kit and what it consists of, cold packs to keep the insulin cool, and the small softsided cooler. They still look at me kind of funny, but they don't make a fuss about it.

jayabee52 2011-08-06 15:00:02 -0500 Report

That's all well and good Linda, but all it takes is one knothead in the TSA guard corps for that solution to unravel a bit.

George1947 2011-08-05 23:02:16 -0500 Report

And the scary part is that it means that all insulin users are vulnerable to this kind of stupid response from those minimum wage folks… I feel that congress needs to rein in these folks a bit… Or spend more money on training them!

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