Government Travel Tips and Information
Flight delays and wait times at security check points add hours onto your air travel times. To help keep up to date on flight delays or wait times at security check points use the following links
Travelers should now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. You are now allowed the following,
- 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume)
- 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
- 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. A separate will allow security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
In addition, larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
If you experience difficulty at a security checkpoint ask to speak directly with the checkpoint supervisor. If the situation is not resolved to your satisfaction call the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hotline at 1-866-289-9673.
If you are looking for information regarding travel in Canada check with the Canadian Transportation Agency.
United States Tips For Travelers With Diabetes
The US Department of Transportation established the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) in response to the events of September 11th. The TSA was established to safeguard US commercial airline travel and other transportation systems. As a result of the heightened security at US airports, the following are the most recent security measures that affect diabetic travelers and the supplies and medication they carry. Check the TSA website regularly for changes to these measures or ask your airline when you book your ticket what current regulations are in place.
- Notify the screener that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. The following supplies and equipment are allowed through airport security checkpoints once they have been screened. You may carry: – insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or a box of individual vials, jet injectors, pens, infusers, and preloaded syringes) – an unlimited number of unused syringes as long as they are accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication. Used syringes are also permitted as long as they are in a sharps container or other comparable container. Other testing equipment such as lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions are also permitted. – insulin pump and insulin pump supplies such as cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter and needles. – Glucagon emergency kit and urine ketone test strips;
- Insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.
- Notify screeners if you are wearing an insulin pump and must be hand wanded. - Advise the screener that the insulin pump is surgically implanted and cannot be removed. - Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin with professionally printed labels identifying the medication or manufacturer’s name or pharmacy label.
- Advise screeners if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance. You have the option of requesting a visual inspection of your insulin and diabetes associated supplies. International travelers should check with the airline before traveling, to understand the security measures in place at the airports of the countries they are going to visit. Many of the airports follow policies similar to the TSA. However, check before you travel so you can be appropriately prepared.