The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
implemented stepped-up security measures at the nation's airports.
Some security measures may affect airline passengers with diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association recognizes the added
inconvenience this may pose for individuals with diabetes, but
understands the necessity to secure airline passenger safety.
The Association recommends that a passenger with diabetes -- who
wishes to board with his or her equipment and supplies -- be
prepared to provide airport security personnel with copies of
prescriptions for diabetes medications and supplies. It is also
recommended that you arrive well in advance of the airline's
suggested departure check-in time. The prescription must clearly
contain the name of the medication or supply, and include complete
contact information for the physician.
At this time, individual airline carriers may or may not require
the above documentation, or may have other requirements that
further restrict a passenger's ability to board with diabetes
equipment and supplies.
Accordingly, the FAA and the Association strongly urge each
passenger to call the airline carrier at least one day in advance
of his or her scheduled flight to confirm what that airline's
policy is with regard to diabetes medication and supplies. Be
advised that each airline's policy is subject to change.
The Association has received a small number of complaints from
passengers who have encountered difficulty when trying to pass
through airport security with syringes and lancets. Should a
passenger be denied boarding a flight or be faced with any other
unforeseen diabetes related difficulty because of the FAA's
security measures, he or she should contact the FAA grounds
security commissioner, at the departing airport, who should be able
to assist with resolution.
Keep up to date with airline protocols
and security measures:
Contact the American Diabetes Association at 703-549-1500 ext. 2108
the FAA - Civil Aviation Security Division at