Diabetic and stuck on a tarmac

By figment84 Latest Reply 2011-01-24 13:44:44 -0600
Started 2010-06-23 09:36:26 -0500

Hey everyone,

I want to know if anyone has ever been stuck on a tarmac for a long period of time without food or water. I know there is a new rule that you can not sit on the tarmac for more than 3 hours anymore BUT 3 hours for a diabetic, such as myself, without food or water could be deadly. I travel a lot and this I think is my biggest fear. It's keeping me from traveling around the world since that rule does not apply to international flights, even if they take off or land in the United States. Anyone ever have this problem?

7 replies

MewElla 2011-01-24 13:44:44 -0600 Report

I always carry a bottle of water and usually a low fat granola bar. I would hate to have a "low" and not have something to help real quick. What do you carry for emergencies when you leave home?

spiritwalker 2010-06-24 15:19:41 -0500 Report

I never leave home without at least one bottle of water, and
a diabetic energy bar. I was told when I became a diabetic over 25 years ago to never leave without something to eat and drink. It has saved me many times.

Harlen 2010-06-23 13:35:04 -0500 Report

I bring my own food and water and if they try to take it away I show them I am a diabetic and if they are willing to take the risk of a leagal action???
they seam to relent every time .

Best wishes

Swbtab03 2010-06-23 14:04:55 -0500 Report

I typically don't fly much, but I'm with you show them you are in fact a diabetic, and something would happen I would own that company lol. TSA is so strict on so much too, lady came in my store yesterday had to buy non pointed scissors to work in here office at airport.
Guess if you need insulin need plastic needles lol.

Crashnot 2010-06-23 10:26:16 -0500 Report

I've spent some long hours in a plane (minus 10 with no generator at that!), but in those days the flight crew kept everyone chipper with lots of snacks. Now they don't do that! Be sure to carry your emergency snacks, adjust your basal (if you're on a pump), and pick up some other snacks in the airport as they're still impossible about letting you bring foods and juices into the airport.

kdroberts 2010-06-23 09:57:23 -0500 Report

You just have to ask the flight crew, they will give you water and whatever snacks they can get hold of. Plus you can, and should, always take some snacks and the like with you.

figment84 2010-06-23 10:43:57 -0500 Report

Yea I always have an abundance of snacks on me, but with my tight blood sugar, sometimes my 3 candy bars just arent enough, believe it or not. I read an article recently about how there was a flight on continental that kept people on the plane without food water or working toilets for 10 hours. At that point my 3 candy bars would be done! Just this morning a Virgin Atlantic flight was stuck on the plane for 4 hours. They had water but no food. I know I am always prepared and extremely responsible, but I'm (unfortunately) not perfect and have sometimes forgotten to take a snack with me.

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