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Heathrow and the Pump interrogations and scaners and xray machines!!!!!

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by .gurley, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Seacrow

    Seacrow LADA · Well-Known Member

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    "you shouldn’t have your medication in your check in bag anyway"

    You are REQUIRED to keep ALL your insulin in your check in baggage. Letting it travel in the hold can denature it and render it useless.

    My problem comes when they decide if it's a liquid, and needs to be in the transparent bag without packaging, or a medicine, and needs to be in its original packaging.

    I'm not trying to be pedantic, or stir flames, it's just, it is an important point. I'd hate to arrive in a foreign country and suddenly have to try to find life-saving medicine.
     
    #61 Seacrow, Jul 14, 2018 at 9:17 PM
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  2. gemma_T1

    gemma_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I so hope that this is the case. I’ll be flying from there in a couple of months and they have always been a total nightmare!

    Thank you so much for getting your consultant involved. If it’s the same one I had at Newcastle General Hospital years ago when I lived in the city he is brilliant!!! I’ve never had a better consultant, if I’d always had him I wouldn’t have the complication I have now.

    I will let you know in September how it went for me.

    Best wishes
     
  3. gemma_T1

    gemma_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Medtronic(my pump manufacturer) says that under no circumstances should it be put under the X ray scanner or through the total body scanner.
    If it breaks/malfunctions( which it has after being forced to do the body scanner) this is at your cost- and for me they cost a lot!!!

    If you have documentation from the manufacturer which states not to go through the X Ray or the body scanner and you duly consent to the body pat down and swabbing., surely that is enough?

    It seems not... they have never read a single document I have presented as evidence for the pump in 14 years of use.

    Believe me if we had been told by Medtronic ( I speak only of what I know.. I have no idea what other pump manufactures advise and maybe therein lies the problem if each pump manufacturer has different rules) to go through X Ray and body scanners without a problem we would easily comply
     
  4. gemma_T1

    gemma_T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is exactly the point... we do get anxious when our pump manufacturers state not to put the pump through the X Ray or body scanners ... as you rightly said no-one has a problem with swabbing the pump.

    It’s very stressful knowing that security could yank it off your body (Bristol airport) or make you go through the scanner.

    It makes me hate travelling to and from the UK. So far this has never happened to me in the rest of Europe.
     
  5. sprokowski

    sprokowski Type 1 · Member

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    I possibly over reacted too. So I’m sorry. I’m not saying people are lying about being diabetic but I do know that type 2 is very common in certain communities so it’s almost unfortunately accepted by them that it’s going to happen and they almost compare what special treatment they’ve received with each other. this is very sad. I have a friend who told me he was pre diabetic and was going to ‘join the club’ ‍♀️ It didn’t go down well with me with your hand luggage, if anyone tries to take it off you tell them you have medication in there and usually (not always, I can’t talk for everyone) they will let you keep it because it’s less hassle for them. I have also removed the tag that they have put on at the gate so the staff on the ground don’t know my bag has been picked to be put in the hold. But I’m not condoning that... I think I’m quite ballsy sometimes because I’m from that environment so I know what I should expect and what I can get away with. Another thing with hand luggage is to put a carrier bag in your bag and if they insist you give it to them, open your bag up in the middle of everyone and take everything you need including valuables laptops medication and documents. If they haven’t listened to you or taken the fact you have important supplies in your bag seriously there’s not a massive amount you can do, you’ve got to look after yourself. You are number one.
     
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