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Travelling by air

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by ixi1429, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. ixi1429

    ixi1429 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bit of a curious/daft question.

    I am travelling to Dublin tomorrow and will be taking my testing kit in my "hand" luggage. Has anyone had any issues with the testing kits when going through customs? I am thinking the lancets are a really dangerous weapon in the wrong hands:) but given how prescriptive airlines can be I thought I would ask...
     
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  2. Kim Possible

    Kim Possible Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    I have taken test strips, insulin, lancets and needles in aircraft, through airport security with no trouble.
     
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  3. meandmaboy

    meandmaboy Type 2 · Member

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    Hi ,
    There shouldn't be any kind of problems for you, as I fill the [email protected] security I point to my meds & testing kit in the tray & they come thro the scanner without any bother.
    Have done this in JFK also with no problems.
    Enjoy the trip
     
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  4. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    No, they don't care really about diabetes paraphanalia, they see a lot of it these days.

    The rules state that you should have a letter from your GP's practice or Endo' stating that you're a diabetic and will have sharps with you. I have such a letter but have never been asked for it.
     
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  5. James1968

    James1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah no problem with them been through a few airports
     
  6. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Never had any probs and never been asked for the letter
     
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    Sharon14448 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Had no trouble taking sharps through - once asked if sharps had caps. They also examined my bag of jelly babies in my hand luggage.
     
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    bamba Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Did you get them all back ?
     
  9. h884

    h884 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I recently flew to Spain. In preparation the DSN provided me with a letter indicating that I must be allowed to take all diabetes equipment including my insulin, needles and lancets etc as hand luggage. I was all prepared and they did not question anything.

    Hope you had the same luck
     
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