Notify TSA officers at the security checkpoint that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies (and CGM and/or insulin pump) with you. TSA allows the following diabetes-related supplies and equipment through the checkpoint once they have been screened:
- Insulin and insulin-loaded dispensing products (insulin vials, insulin pens)
- Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication
- Lancets, blood-glucose meters, blood-glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions
- CGM and CGM supplies
- Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter and needle)
- Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin
- Glucagon emergency kit (keep glucagon kits intact in the original preprinted, pharmaceutically labeled containers)
- Urine ketone test strips
- Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in Sharps disposal container or other similar hard-surface container
- Sharps disposal containers or similar hard-surface disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips
Passengers who have insulin pumps can be screened using millimeter wave imaging technology, metal detector, or a thorough pat-down. Regardless of whether the passenger is screened using imaging technology or metal detector, the passenger’s insulin pump is subject to additional screening. Under most circumstances, this will include the passenger conducting a self pat-down of the insulin pump followed by an explosive trace detection sampling of the hands.
Due to forgery concerns, prescriptions and letters of medical necessity will not be accepted. Passengers should consult their individual air carriers for both domestic (U.S.) and international travel regulations. Be advised that FAA and individual airline policies are subject to change.
Packing diabetes supplies in checked baggage is NOT recommended, as cargo hold temperatures vary greatly and the passenger may need the supplies in flight.
For up to date information visit www.tsa.gov.