Hi everyone! I am travelling by plane in a few months and I'm a little concerned. It will be my first air trip taking my Rebif injections with me. Any advice on what I need to take with me to help get me through the tight airport security? I don't want any last minute problems. Will a doctors note be sufficient? Anybody have problems with their injectables at the airport? Any advice or feedback will be most helpful. Thank you! Sharon Grace
Get a note from your MD explaining that you self inject medication and need to have it with you on the plane. Keep it in your carry-on stuff (obviously), and that should be sufficient to get you on the plane, as long as you aren't traveling overseas. I would get there earlier to prepare for any delays that might come up while you are arranging everything. Otherwise you shouldn't have any problems.
I flew to Chicago last March via Salt Lake City and was expecting a delay or even a challenge. I can't remember where it is, whether the Rebijet case or the little "freezie" pack to put your med in, but one of them has a little note in there, saying that the medication is for MS. Anyway, put my backpack (with the Rebijet and the medication) on the X-ray thing, it zipped it through, and no one said a thing!!!
I recently flew from Detroit to Vancouver,Canada. All you actually need is your prescripted med.s in their original bottles or packages. I hand carried my betaseron injections along with the rest of my prescribed meds in my carry-on luggage. I had no problems.Your name is on all of prescriptions, they match it with your Drivers license or any other valid ID. I also had a note from the doctor stating I was on the med.s but they never asked for it.Have your birth certificate if you would be traveling out of the country. As of Dec. 2005 you need a passport to get into Canada and Mexico. Have a nice flight.
I had no problems with my copaxone leaving the US (I did get a note from my doctor - the autoinject was taken out and looked at once) - I was traveling to europe for a few weeks, so I have about 20+shots with me- but coming back was a little more tricky. the people at the check-in desk were a little more concerned and had to "flag" me - I also had to check in with a flight attendent when I boarded that I was carrying needles. I don't think that they understood that this was for treatment reasons - I think they were concerned if for some reason I needed a shot and couldn't get it - like with diabetes. . all in all a no-brainer
I always carry a letter my doctor gave me stating why I'm carrying Copaxone. I also have the prescription label that comes on my package every month.
Until about a year ago Copaxone was supposed to be a visual inspection, not x-rayed, because the manufacturer had not completed tests to see if it would be compromised by radiation. That was such a pain because some of those inspectors would drag it all out and grill me like I was carrying anthrax or something. I'd tell myself to relax, they were being diligent and keeping us all safe. But still, I always wondered how diabetics handled the situation.
When it was announced that Copx could be x-rayed with no detrimental effects I was so glad. I haven't had a single instance where I've been questioned, but I still carry the letter and most current prescription label.
with all that is going on in the world, you would think people would notice needles more.
but, they don't.
i travel all the time for work, and fly several times a month. i have been traveling with syringes for years. i think someone asked me about them once. i have an old crinkly letter from my dr that i showed them. no problem at all.