Incontinence in Today's World

Jasmine Schmidt Health Guide
  • Last week’s attempted terrorist attacks brought different thoughts and concerns to mind for all of us. Incontinence may have been the furthest thing from your mind… or the first. Airlines across the world suddenly imposed new restrictions including banning any liquid-based substances; allowing only a small see-through carry-on bag; and prohibiting carry-on materials of any kind. I wondered… what might one do if required to carry adult absorbent products in a see-through bag? What if you couldn’t bring along lubricant for self-catheterization? What if you weren’t allowed to bring on board any of these materials at all?
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    Once again, I find myself fumbling for answers. I’d love to have a magic handbag right now from which to pull an assortment of tricks I could share with you. One friend did suggest possibly using self-lubricated catheters (when not allowed to carry lubricant), however she has personally found these difficult to grasp and control.

    I’m not sure exactly what the airline restrictions entail, and they seem to change almost daily from city to city, and certainly from country to country. However, there are reports that certain flights required passengers to place all carry-on items into a see-through bag. Several years ago when high schools became increasingly concerned about weapons, many created policies that students could only carry translucent back-packs. High school girls used everyday items to conceal more personal objects. For instance, they used a glasses case to hold tampons, or a lunch box to hold sanitary napkins. Perhaps traveling with an extra lunch sack might work to hide incontinence products. You could also tie an extra sweatshirt around your waist to discreetly wrap around anything you’d like to hide.

    There’s no way to be prepared for every scenario in life. Even if you know the rules and restrictions when you leave your house, there’s no guarantee that they haven’t changed by the time you reach the airport. However, as far as I’ve known, a little foresight and a positive frame of mind has never hurt anyone. If you can think of any other tips, please share them!
Published On: August 21, 2006