Problems With Pumps At Airport Inspections

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2011-01-21 23:48:30 -0600
Started 2010-12-31 17:55:26 -0600

From Diabetes Health magazine:

"While the machines have been certified as safe by the FDA and outside observers, travelers can choose to opt out of using them (some have raised concerns about radiation). But if passengers opt out (or if the machines raise an alarm), they are subjected to a thorough patdown. These comprehensive body searches are the second change introduced by the TSA and are the focal point of recent outrage."…a...

10 replies

kdroberts 2011-01-01 00:00:30 -0600 Report

I flew through a couple of major airports last month and the tsa were nothing but polite, helpful and nice. I was carrying a lot of medication, done mine, some not and other medical devices plus an ice pack. I had no hassle, no pat down that was any different to ones I've had in the past and one tsa employee asked if I wanted her to repack my bag after she had removed some stuff for testing. I think most of this stuff has been overblown and in reality for noisy people will not be any problem or inconvenience. I found heathrow in england to be much the same

Richard157 2010-12-31 19:08:41 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby and Harlen. My wife and I are flying to Dublin and then to England in June. I will be wearing both my pump and my CGM. I am afraid they will be damaged by X-rays, so I will probably have to go through with the pat-down. I would rather do that than have them destroyed by the X-ray machines, they would be way too expensive to replace. I really need them while traveling, that is when I need them most. Schedules are so totally different and my blood sugar would be all over the place. That would absolutely ruin my vacation. This is the first time leaving North America. We are really looking forward to the trip.

GabbyPA 2011-01-01 18:17:08 -0600 Report

OH, have fun!! I love England and though it has been a very long time since I've been there, it is still a wonderful place to visit. I hope you will share your experience with us as well. Are you traveling with a group or on your own?

Richard157 2011-01-01 19:21:31 -0600 Report

Gabby, we plan to fly to Dublin. My last name is Celtic and welsh in origin, and I am told that my ancestors came from Ireland. We want to tour some in Ireland.

When we fly to England we will attend a meet-up with several of my UK friends from another diabetes site. It will be wonderful to meet them in person.

We do not want to join a tour group because it is so expensive, many things on the tour are of no interest to us, and standing a long time in long lines to see things is so boring and tiresome. I have not decided whether I should have a travel agent arrange the trip, or not. I am finding it all very confusing trying to do it myself. My wife is even more confused since she does not use a computer. Lol!

GabbyPA 2011-01-02 18:33:37 -0600 Report

All you have to do is get there and since you are hooking up with friends, let them help you plan the rest. Seeing any country as a native is SO much better. You avoid the tourist traps and see how the people really live. Go and have a lot of fun! You will love it. I didn't go to Ireland, but I went to Holland to visit a friend while I was over there. Give all your Meet-Up friends a big Diabetic Connect Hug!!

Harlen 2010-12-31 18:39:15 -0600 Report

I think that they go way to far !!!!!!
I have just given up on public air transportation
I will not go thru that thing and I will never let some one put there hands on me and walk away from it I am an American and I have some dignity I will not let the goverment treat me like a suspect
But thats just me
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-12-31 18:09:43 -0600 Report

This is just awful. I have seen so many horror stories about what the TSA is doing and this is just another page in the book. There have been instances of incredible injustice on those who need special care while flying. I have even seen video where they would laugh at what they were able to do with the "power" they think they have. I am glad that the lady in the article has gone through all the right paths to get answers. I hope she finds some and I hope that the TSA gets an earful when she does. These people are out of control.