Can I Carry Medicine, Needles and Syringes Onboard A Plane?

Even with tough safety regulations for flying in place, it is possible to carry needles or syringes onboard an aircraft cabin.  Diabetes is just one condition which may require travelers to bring medicine, syringes, and needles on a flight. 

If you have a condition which requires that you inject yourself with medication, prior to travel  ask your doctor to write you a letter which describes your medical condition and explains your specific needs.  Plan to provide your doctor’s letter to airline staff when you check in.  Some airlines may also elect to notate your file so that all onboard staff is aware you are traveling with medical items.

You may want to contact your airline in advance to verify whether its staff will need to stow the medication for you during your flight. If so, pack your items in a small duffle bag to make stowing and retrieving them convenient for all parties.

If your injection requires that you eat a number of hours prior, be sure to plan carefully.  Many airlines serve meals within two hours of takeoff and/or landing.  Some airlines may also provide diabetic meals on long haul flights upon request.


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