Traveling with an Illness: Holiday Special

The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means that millions will begin booking flights and other travel plans. Traveling in an everyday situation can be stressful but going with an illness can be even more challenging. However, through planning and preparation, you can make any traveling experience easier moving forward.

Planning and Preparation

Traveling with a medical condition doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Below are some tips on packing for an upcoming trip when you have a medical condition:

  • Call Passenger Support– The TSA offers a helpline for travelers that are disabled or have a medical condition. This helpline guides you through screening policies and procedures and also provides your specific traveling needs. You can reach them at (855) 787-2227, or by dialing 7-1-1 72 hours before your flight.
  • Make a list– Making a checklist for everything you need for your trip can make packing more organized. You are also ensured to take everything necessary to manage your condition.
  • Medications/Devices-Don’t forget any essential equipment like syringes, IV bags, pumps, etc.
  • Label– Medications need to be in original packaging/bottles, and medically necessary equipment should be clearly labeled to make security checks smoother.

Know the Rules

The TSA recommends that if your condition requires medication during your trip, pack these in your carry-on. A checked bag cannot be retrieved until you are at your destination.  You may also want to pack a few extra doses in case of any delays to avoid being without medication. Medication should be in its original packaging and, if small enough, fit in a zip lock bag. These will be screened during the security checkpoint. Liquid and aerosol medications may require additional security measures (opening for inspection and trace testing if warranted) and limits, so read the full set of rules from TSA here.

If a medication cannot be opened during screening, make sure to inform the officer that is inspecting yours. Ice packs to keep prescriptions fresh and other accessories such as insulin pumps are allowed and should clearly be labeled. Passengers with disabilities can request a passenger support specialist for support onsite through the screening process. In the event, there is a violation of your civil rights or damage to any medication or device; you can file a claim.

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