flying and insulin

By tanranger24 Latest Reply 2008-11-30 06:23:57 -0600
Started 2008-11-24 19:06:04 -0600

I will be flying to Kansas City from Baltimore in december, this will be the first time i fly with insulin. I use Lantus vials and Novolin R vials. Is there anything i should know prior to flying. I have looked at some other forums about this any really am uable to determin much since most of the discussions revolve around Pens and Pumps. I have determined I should keep my vials and syringes with me on my carry on bag. However when I pass through security will there be an issue with the syringes with me? Any help and or suggestions would be wonderful. Thank You!!

6 replies

vgarrison 2008-11-30 02:33:51 -0600 Report

I am so glad you posted this discussion, for I will be moving to Washington state in a couple of weeks, and will be flying there. I always keep the info on my meds with me in my case for many purposes, and I am hoping this will surfice for the airport security.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-30 06:23:57 -0600 Report

Your travel agency will help you. When I take trips I have no problems. They have a diabetic meal and have no problems getting on the plan or at the hotels. they are all informed ahead of time. My travel agent has alway made these for me and thaankful for that.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-24 19:34:47 -0600 Report

Check to see if a meal will be served when you buy your ticket.
* Remember that meals may not be served at times that fit into your usual schedule of meals.(Depending on the airline, a meal may not be served and a snack may not be offered if a flight is less than 4 hours.)
- Order any special meal requests in advance.
-Keep snacks that will not spoil in your carry-on bag( to help avoid poor food choices and long waiting lines at the airport restaurants).
Hope some of this helps…Debe

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-24 19:40:05 -0600 Report

I forgot also carry insulin and diabetic supplies with you in your carry-on bag. Take a list of all your medications. Bring at least double the amount of your usual medication to avoid running out or misplacing it. Make a list of all your medication I also have a note from my MD to carry along with me…Debe

Magdalynn 2008-11-25 22:38:52 -0600 Report

I travel by air constantly and at times out of the country. I have never had a problem with any of my Diabetic supplies. I wear an insulin pump and carry quite a bit of back-up supplies including syringes.Before I go through security I tell the security officer that I have Diabetes and my carry-on is filled with medical supplies including drink boxes of orangejuice. I even carry extra orange juice in my purse and have never been asked to leave it at the gate.Just be up front with them and I'm sure you wont have a problem.Just on the safe side take your prescriptions with you if you are going out of the country.

2008-11-28 07:45:12 -0600 Report

There is also usually a place that you can contact the airlines you are flying and notify them about your illness, so they already expect what you have on you; this seems to work well. I have other disabilities, and have even contacted ahead for wheelchair assistance. Try that and see how it works out. good luck; lilmarm, Claudia