Flying and Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes

Mary Kate Cary Health Guide
  • We flew last weekend , 48 hours after the first set of restrictions had been placed on air travelers. I promised to let you know how that went, and here’s the answer: it was no big deal. I had checked everything except for one small carryon for the children and myself, containing books, my wallet, and the diabetes bag.

    I thought I’d beat the TSA staff to the punch, so when we got to the security checkpoint, I told the officials that our bag heading into the X-ray machine contained insulin. I got a blank look and a shrug. No searches, no special screening. The guy might as well have said to me, “Whatever.”
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    The lady behind me, however, got pulled aside for having lip gloss and a random prescription drug (not insulin) whose label didn’t match her boarding pass. Annie’s name was on her insulin -- I had grabbed the entire package just in case -- and it matched her boarding pass, if anyone had bothered to look. But no one did.

    Since, then, newer restrictions have been put in place. Here’s a link to the TSA website with the latest. We’re flying again on Sunday, so if anything changes, I’ll let you know when we get back. Please write and let me know if you have a hard time getting through with insulin, because maybe I had it easier than most and just don’t know it.

    Enjoy the rest of the waning days of summer …
Published On: August 18, 2006