How good are airports with Diabetics?

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I was just diagnosed yesterday, and plan to leave for London on Tuesday, and I was just wondering if the security and all were good about diabetic treatment. Also, will they always have diabetic foods on the airplane, or should I call in advance? Any information on airplanes/airports with diabetes would be greatly appreciated :)
Posted about 10 years ago
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Well welcome to the Sisterhood!! If you need any help or advice during your transition, I hope you feel comfortable letting us know. We are all here for you!

I haven't had any problems with my diabetes supplies and security. You may want to get your doctor to write a little note, but I have never had anyone ask and just put it all through the belt. If they ask, I just tell them what it is and most have been trained to understand the importance of having it with us.

If you want "healthy" foods, then I think you need to request it ahead of time. I have never done this since I am on the pump and my diet can be flexible.

I hope this helps!
Posted about 10 years ago
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Hello!!

I actually have a funny story about this...I always wonder if the airport security will question me when I travel but they never have. In fact despite carrying syringes with me as well as pump supplies the only items that have been "in question" were hair products. I kid you not.

Anyway, if you're traveling internationally it's always a good idea to have a doctor's note just in case as well as extra prescriptions with you in case you need any supplies. The security people at airports should be trained on medical devices and equipment...it's more common than you'd think.

Good luck and have a great time in London! :)

Laura
Posted about 10 years ago
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Hey - Thanks so much for the quick replies you both gave me, sorry for the late thank you but it made me feel a lot more comfortable! I carried little juice boxes on the plane with me from America to London without a problem, but on my flight from London to Jersey (a little island - i stayed with my aunt there for a few days) they made me throw it away... I told them I was diabetic and the security guard said something like 'so this is to keep your blood sugars up then?' and I said 'yes' and then he said 'well you can drink them before you go on" .... I really hope this comment was out of ignorance! But other than that the trip over went surprisingly smoothly. Hope you're both well!
-Michelle
Posted about 10 years ago
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I will be traveling early next month on two 5 hour flights (three days apart). I will probably take glucose tablets instead of juice, as I have heard that many people have their juice taken away. However, can you name some healthy "snacks" I can take on the flight with me so I won't have to buy their $7 unhealthy meal? Thanks in advance. One flight will be in the early morning (2 hour difference) and coming back it will be between 10 am and 4 pm. Thanks in advance. :-)
Posted about 10 years ago
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Technically, according to TSA you can carry juice with you, even if it's over 3 oz. I was in the San Francisco airport back in June and forgot that I had juice in my bag. Of course they stopped me and searched my bags and not knowing about this rule I told them to go ahead and throw it away and apologized. They then asked me if I had diabetes (maybe they saw my pump, who knows?) and said that I could keep the juice and to just tell them next time. At the same time, it probably depends on who does the search. If you want to play it safe and avoid being searched I'd stick with glucose tablets. But if you have a doctor's note and tell them ahead of time you're not breaking the rules if you bring along juice.

As far as healthy snacks go...I usually keep granola bars on me and fruit. I'd double check this but you can probably pack your own sandwich(??). String cheese could be another option. Cut up veggies in a plastic bag?

Have fun on your trip! I'm going to Costa Rica in August myself - whoo hoo!!!! :lol:
Posted about 10 years ago
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I was stopped by airport security last time I was travelling from Toronto, Ontario to Florida,USA (but the time before they let me through no questions!). This was because they normally don't allow any liquids to be on carry-on. What I had put into my carry on was all my insulin (hate to say it, but I'm NOT counting on my vials being in one piece if I plan on checking my luggage - there is no way I'm not packing it in my carry-on) which amounted in 3 vials, snacks both liquid and solid, and an ice pack.

They were especially concerned about my ice pack. I told them that it was 4 am (at the time) and that I wouldn't be able to check into my hotel until 4 pm that night and I would prefer to keep it cool.

They called over their manager who waved me through immediately after finding out that I was Type 1 diabetic.

It is all routine and that's what they are supposed to do to keep us all safe, but I always ensure that I leave an extra 30 minutes in case I get caught up in security.

Regarding food - they are usually great about supplying any special food requirements. The flip side is that you should call them ahead of time and let them know so they can be prepared and your flight is not delayed.
Posted about 10 years ago
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I usually dont have any trouble dealing with airport personel . however I did have a friend that got stuck in logan airport . they made her remove her omnipod and they ?"d her about everything . it was a real nightmare so she got stuck in Logan airport for like 3 hrs and missed her connecting flight which really upset her and by the time she got on her way again her blood sugar was almost 300. luckily she had a vial and syringes on her . thank god . I guess it depends on the airport and who does the check .So I guess some are better than others . :blink:
Posted about 10 years ago
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Hi all,

I am travelling from the UK to South Africa with my four year old son over the Easter holidays. As this will be my first trip away wearing my pump, I'm starting to get abit anxious about the airport security. I've never had any problems with my insulin pens and needles in the past. Reading the posts on here has helped, will stick to glucose tablets to prevent any hassle ( though I do prefer juice personally )

Also, I am taking a spare pump with me. This can't go through the X-ray machine can it? Has anybody had any probs with their spare pumps? Maybe security thinking they were pagers or something which need to be checked.

I have double supplies. I'm trying to be organised, I have to be. Hope all goes smooth :)
Posted about 10 years ago
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Hi Kaids!

Not sure about pumps going through airport security...I'd call your pump company to double check on that one. In the states the security crew are usually pretty well educated on pumps. I haven't had anyone think it was a pager. I know others havent had as positive of an experience but I'll keep my fingers crossed that your trip goes smoothly.

Have fun in South Africa! Never been there - I'm jealous!
Posted about 10 years ago
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After wearing my pump under my clothing a few times and being pulled aside by security for a lengthy full-body search, I learned my lesson! Now, I always unhook my pump and put it in my purse before I get to security. I have never had any trouble with it being in my purse.
Posted about 10 years ago