Traveling with Medications: Tips from MedFlight911 Air Ambulance
At MedFlight911 air ambulance, we know how difficult it can be to fly commercially if you have a medical condition. One big hurdle for travelers with medical conditions is often getting through security, especially with medication or medical supplies in their carry-on luggage. That's one reason we offer our commercial medical escort service: it makes traveling – from check-in to arrival – less complicated and stressful.
Whether you're traveling alone or with an air medical escort, you can avoid a stressful scene at the security checkpoint the next time you hit the airport by reviewing the following TSA guidelines on what you can carry:
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications, including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline if they're used for medical purposes
- Liquids (such as liquid nutrition) for a passenger with a medical condition
- Bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs
- Items such as prosthetic breasts and mastectomy products that contain gels or liquid
- Gels or frozen liquids used to cool medical items
- Supplemental oxygen or respiratory equipment
- Diabetes supplies, including insulin, syringes, and blood glucose meters
- Breast milk and formula
The above list isn't comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the kind of items that should be allowed through security screening.
Generally, if you can fit your medical items into a quart-sized plastic bag with your toiletries, you don't have to declare them at the security checkpoint. But if you have medications or other items that won't fit into the bag, you'll need to let the TSA screening agents know so they can inspect them. While you can request a visual inspection of your items, you may need to allow them to be X-rayed in order to pass through security. The TSA doesn't currently require that medications be labeled, but such labeling may speed up the screening process.
In some cases, passengers may be required to show their physician’s prescription along with the medication in order to pass through security. Your MedFlight911commercial medical escort will help you get the required prescriptions and other documentation necessary to the airport personnel to ensure that you can board your flight with all of your necessary medical supplies.
The TSA has more detailed information about traveling with medications, as well as for passengers with health concerns and disabilities on its website www.tsa.gov. While the rules may seem fairly straightforward, you can never know exactly what's going to happen when you get to the airport. Be prepared for the screening by keeping your medications separate from your other luggage and presenting them to the TSA officer before you begin the screening process.
One other way to simplify the screening process – and make it more likely you’ll get through security and be allowed to board the plane – is to travel with a commercial medical escort. An escort can be especially helpful if the passenger has limited mobility, complicated health issues, or simply isn't used to flying. At MedFlight911, our air medical escorts know all the TSA rules and regulations, since they travel all the time. They help their patients move through security smoothly and with a minimum of delays, making the travel process as simple as possible.
To find out more about MedFlight911's air medical transport services give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation air medical escort quote here.