I'm a leaving on a Jet Plane...

By Stuart1966 Latest Reply 2014-06-02 11:28:13 -0500
Started 2014-04-17 23:58:29 -0500

Looking for advice from my diabetic peers who travel through airports a great deal. HAve not traveled by air in well over a decade….

What is the current thinking/experience, procedures for getting myself and my supplies through airport security with minimal hassles.

Syringes, pens/vials, meter…

What do you advise

6 replies

Stuart1966 2014-06-02 09:33:26 -0500 Report

Bing, update the only thing they SEIZED was the bottle of soda, and did not care I had a medical need for it. They were still the same chuckleheads they had been a decade before, the last plane ride.

jayabee52 2014-06-02 11:28:13 -0500 Report

mebbe those chuckleheads were thirsty.

Of course you replaced the soda on the other side of the securtiy checkpoint?

haoleboy 2014-04-18 14:37:31 -0500 Report

leaving on a jet plane check list:
-bags packed/ready to go
-standing outside door and regretting having to wake up significant other to say good-bye

granniesophie 2014-04-18 12:08:44 -0500 Report

Just flew last week, and had everything in one place so I could take stuff out. No one asked, and I breezed through with no issues at all. Only thing was my hands got checked for GSW, and then went right through-no machines, no pat down, shoes on, computer and supplies in my carry on, which did go through xray machine, but no issues at all! May your trip through security be so easy!! If not, just take your supplies out and put them in a different bin from your other stuff and you should be fine!

GabbyPA 2014-04-18 08:45:33 -0500 Report

Here is a whole list of discussions on various issues with flying now. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?model_name=Discussion&query=flying
I am like you and the last time I few was in 2000. I have taken people to the airport, but not flown since.
When my mom travels (type 2 on insulin) She packed all her diabetic items in one bag and had a doctor note to help. She also has a knee replacement and carries a card for that as well, but they kind of ignored that and gave her a hard time in the "machine". But her diabetic supplies went through without a hitch.

jayabee52 2014-04-18 05:41:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Stewart
Happy take offs and landings!

You may find most of the information you need for your trip (as long as it is domestic and not international) by going to ~ http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information You may find useful information under the section "Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions" and also "Traveling with Special Items".

I am planning a trip to a family reunion in July and I plan to use a free service (for which I tip the assistant) during those trips. I ask for wheelchair service either when I make the reservation, or when I get to the outside check in. I do have mobility issues and it would be a struggle for me to walk to the secury sceeening, and wait for the screening and then walk to the distant gates and get on the plane.

But requesting the wheelchair service helps me in several ways: The wheelchair attendants have a special path through the security screening which cuts off hours of waiting in line. Since I am mobility challenged and am in fear of falling when they use those "naked" scanners, I don't have to get up on them anymore. The TSA agent gently pats me down and uses a pad to check my clothing for traces of chemical residue indicating explosives exposure.

I still have to take off my shoes and belt and anything metallic and put it through the x-ray machine. but all in all the process is done quickly.

Once I am all put back together, the wheelchair attendent will push me to my departure gate, usually way before the departure time. In airports with which one is unfamiliar with the layout, that can be quite helpful.

The attendant can leave the wheelchair and move on to another assignment. (Be careful, however I almost got on a flight departing for another city departing from the departure gate an hour before my flight.)

So (generally) if you have any mobility challenges, don't struggle with them, use the free service provided you by the airlines.

God's best to you and yours