plane trip

By saber32 Latest Reply 2011-11-16 10:11:50 -0600
Started 2011-09-17 20:43:28 -0500

I been told it is hard to get on a plane now ?

if you are a diabetic ?

what do i need befor I get to the airport with my diabetic kit on hand on bag

and my pills

8 replies

Jeanae 2011-11-15 08:48:11 -0600 Report

I flew United and when I checked in they said it was no problem, however they did tell me ahead of time if I took several meds I would need the actual bottles OR a printout from the doctor's office listed the meds and dosages. I breezed through security I just showed him my kit and explained everything. They were really nice. I went from San Antonio to Chicago to Detroit and then to Orlando and each place was great. The flight attendant even asked me if I needed anything refrigerated or if I needed ice for my insulin.

saber32 2011-11-16 04:33:31 -0600 Report

thanks for the info ? I had a hard time through the security check with my diabetic kit to the plane they even had to hold the plane for me to get on it i just do not like to fly any more

Jeanae 2011-11-16 10:11:50 -0600 Report

wow. Next time get a letter from your doctor stating that you are diabetic and listing the supplies/medications you have to carry on. Sorry you had to go through this. If you do have to fly call the airlines ahead of time and then when you check in tell them you had a horrible time at security last time you flew and I bet you get better treatment. Oh, I have found the larger the airport the better the treatment because they are used to people with special medical needs. When I flew out of Lansing MI however, they were a real pain until I threatened to call the press so they could explain why they would not let a diabetic on the plane with her Lantus pen (which is small) and even though it is a liquid it is much smaller than my shampoo bottle they waved through. Sometimes little people in small places way over estimate their power.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 09:54:30 -0500 Report

I was thinking about this post. When I talked with Delta it was the company not the airport that I will have to do the security check. Tomorrow I will call the Spokane International to double check with them. Had you not asked here I might not thought of that. Thank you so much.

saber32 2011-09-17 22:01:06 -0500 Report

thanks Ill do that mine is not untill dec 18th united

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 22:36:55 -0500 Report

You are most welcome. I will be calling again this coming week to confirm my reservations and will ask all these questions again. I love United they have more room for legs and big back side. Their flight just took twice as long as deltas.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 21:48:59 -0500 Report

Hey Saber, I am flying on the 27th and called Delta to double check everything. All I need with my meds is the printed lable that comes with them. If you use insulin you will need the outer box with the prescription lable. All syringes need to be capped along with the lancets. I asked if I can put my morning meds and vitamins in a zip lock bag out of the bottle, I was told no problem. I said I am on a tight eating schedule and will need glucerna. They said no problem, on this one I will get a doctors note just in case. I asked about my cane, no problem it can be stowed under the seat or the flight staff can stow it for me. Once you pass through the security check you can buy bottled water and food items now and take them with you on the plane. I can put all of my pills and meds in one zip lock and tuck them into my carry on. It is advisable not to put any of your diabetic supplies in your checked baggage as they can get lost or damaged.
Not from Delta but I read online that if you have an ice pack for insulin it needs to be small. I have one that came in my kit but no longer need it as I am insulin free. The site also suggested taking an extra meter incase you have problems. It said to carry enough medications for a couple extra days in case of delays.
I hope you have a safe and fun flight.