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Federal & State Laws Protecting Children & Adults with Diabetes in:

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BD Diabetes:  Injecting while traveling

According to BD Diabetes, insulin can safely be scanned by X-ray machines in airport terminals.  However, they also state that prolonged or repeated exposure can affect the stability of insulin.  BD Diabetes suggests that when traveling, you inspect your insulin each time before using it.

You have the right to ask for your medications, including insulin, be hand-screened.


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American Diabetes Association.
Getting the Most out of Diabetes Camp:
 A Guide for Parents and Kids.  Along with anecdotes and stories from campers, Getting the Most Out of Diabetes Camp covers topics such as why go to a diabetes camp, is your child ready, which camp is best for your child, what to expect, what not to expect, how to evaluate your child's experience, and more.

Laws and Regulations Affecting Persons Traveling with Diabetes Care Devices

Airport Security Guidelines from the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

Know your rights:

  • Notify the transportation safety official (TSO) that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you (see more information below).
  • Advise TSOs if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.
  • You have the option of requesting a visual inspection of your insulin and diabetes associated supplies.  See the Medication section on the TSA website for details.

The following diabetes-related supplies and equipment are allowed through the checkpoint once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed:

  • Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, infusers, preloaded syringes, and insulin inhalers.
  • 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.
  • Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needle).
  • Glucagon emergency kit.
  • 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.
  • Insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.

If you are concerned or uncomfortable about going through the walk-through metal detector with your insulin pump:

  • Notify the TSO that you are wearing an insulin pump and would like a full-body pat-down and a visual inspection of your pump instead.
  • Advise the TSO that the insulin pump cannot be removed because it is inserted with a catheter (needle) under the skin.
  • Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin.

The Rhode Island Department of Health

This site offers the following travel information for diabetics (the site also contains extensive and useful advice and tips on traveling with diabetes including how to adjust your insulin dose):

    Since September 11th 2001 the Federal Aviation Administration has had to make security changes in order to secure passengers' safety in the skies. These changes have had a great effect on those traveling who have diabetes or other disabilities. 

    What are your rights?  

    The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) was designed to protect those with disabilities from being treated unfairly. Regarding "carry-ons", one may carry the following:

    • Syringes with proper medical documentation (see "Document all prescriptions" section below) indicating that these are "required" 
    • A bag for medical equipment -- this does not count as a "carry-on" piece of luggage.
    • One additional piece of luggage. 

    If for any reason one feels unnecessarily harassed or denied the right to carry important medical equipment, they should ask to speak to the security manager and the problem can be resolved. 

    What is the traveler's responsibility? 

    • Document all prescriptions.   It is easiest to bring the boxes your insulin or medicine came in, since the original labels prove the medication belongs to you.  Other receipts or the hand-written prescription cannot be used.  Cap all lancets & have an identifiable glucometer.  Lancets may be brought on board for testing blood glucose levels, as long as they are capped. A glucose meter must accompany the lancets with a permanent manufacturer's name (i.e. "One Touch" ) embossed on it.
    • Glucagon kit in original box.  A brand new glucagon kit with the original pharmaceutical label and box container can be included in medical bag (box must remain intact) for the trip back.
    • Check with airline for other requirements.  It is recommended that the traveler check's with individual airlines prior to flights to see if they have other requirements for the trip.  These rules only apply within the 50 United States.  If one is traveling outside of the United States it is recommended that they call the foreign embassy of the country visiting and find out about any legal restrictions. The contact information for most foreign embassies can be found at


See our "Tips for Traveling with Diabetes" for ideas how to make your trip easier and safer.




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