Air Travel with Medical Supplies
For people who need medical supplies, just like mothers of young children, and people in wheelchairs, air travel may be a necessity that has the potential for headaches and temper flare-ups. Probably the most recommended piece of advice is to arrive early and with plenty of time should there be, and there probably will be, delays. One of the easiest ways to prepare for these delays is to call the airline in advance and ask their advice. A doctor’s note may be required for certain items.
One of the biggest restrictions in plane travel is the liquids brought on. Mothers of babies who take formula, as well as patients who have feeding pumps, must keep their food at certain temperatures, and those foods are usually liquid or semi-solid state. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) who handle the security at airports have some new guidelines for patients with these kinds of needs.
The TSA website states: we are continuing to permit prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions.
All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;
Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition;
Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
Frozen items are allowed as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 requirements.
This can be a relief to those who must have liquids to fly or must have liquids not readily available in an airport while waiting between flights. All this is to say, though, that you should still do your research before flying. The official TSA website for travelers is available here: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/index.shtm .