I am going on a trip to visit my family in another state. I need to get my interferon down there. My question is about airport security. How do I get my meds through security? I really dont want to pack them in my checked luggage because of the temperatures at this time of the year while leaving Minneapolis. They might freeze even in a small cooler. And can they go through the xray machine without damage? Do I need a doctors note or will the RX label be sufficient? I know I can check with the airlines but sometimes different ppl at the airlines give different answers. I just wondered if any of you have traveled with your injections. Its possible that I could send it overnight by UPS or the postal service but again, Im afraid of freezing. Thanks for your input.
Never, ever, EVER pack your meds (no matter what they are) in checked baggage. I've had baggage take trips to cities I've never seen. ;)
While I didn't fly with interferon, I have flown many, many times with insulin. As long as the syringes/vials are labelled you're fine. My insulin bottles NEVER had a script label on them and I never got a hard time about them.
No problems putting them in a small lunch bag with an ice pack. I've taken my interferon back and forth to the hospital that way many times. They don't freeze. Just put a sandwich in between the ice pack and your meds.
Don't use a courier. Always travel with your meds on your person.
Thank you for the answer. Thats what I thought. My interferon doesnt have my name on the individual syringes but they come in a box with my RX label on the outside. As costly as this medicine is, I dont ever like to let it leave my control. I may go to the airport a little early in case I have to deal with the TSA.
Thank you for the link. I will check it out. I have so much to do before I leave on March 13th. But leaving MN for TX will be a welcome change. Im visiting my daughters and my sister. They will try to "mother" me the whole time, Im there. So I can just relax. It will be so nice. Although, even here at home, I have a very supportive husband. But I cant wait to go and sit outside in some warm weather. Im surrounded by snow and ice right now.
Good question. I traveled over the holidays and this is what I did.
Got a note from doctor.
Packed injections and pills in small cooler.
Told the security folks I was carrying on injections.
Open up cooler with boxes in it, with label showing and sent them through x ray. No problems. All went well. I told my doctor I was traveling and she was not concerned about meds going through x rays. Security folks were not also.
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