TSA screenings update for people with diabetes
Back in November, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced new airport body scanners for passengers. We know that travelling with diabetes can be a bit nerve-wracking for some (just ask Karen Graffeo or Kelly Kunik). So it's no wonder that, six months later, airport security is still a hot topic coming into our 24-hour Helpline.
With summer/vacation season coming up, we thought now would be a good time to share our updated guidance on going through airport security with diabetes devices and supplies.
Remember, this information applies if you're travelling within the U.S. If you're travelling internationally, you should consult individual air carriers for international regulations. In addition, these tips are subject to change so please also check with the TSA.
Insulin Pumps, Personal CGM and Security
- You can continue to wear your insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) only while going through common security systems such as an airport metal detector as it will not harm the device or trigger an alarm.
- Do not send your devices through the x-ray machine as an alternative.
- Medtronic has conducted official testing on the effects of the new full body scanners at airports with Medtronic medical devices and have found that some scanners may include x-ray. If you choose to go through an airport body scanner, you must remove your insulin pump and CGM (sensor and transmitter). Do not send your devices through the x-ray machine as an alternative. To avoid removing your devices, you may request an alternative screening process.
- Print and complete the information on an airport emergency card to carry with you.
Notify security screeners that you have diabetes, that you are wearing an insulin pump and are carrying supplies with you.
Syringes, Supplies and Security
- In order to board with syringes and other insulin delivery devices, you must carry an insulin vial with a pharmaceutical label that clearly identifies the medication. Never store insulin in checked luggage, because it may be exposed to extreme (often freezing) temperatures, which can change its effectiveness.
- Carry your glucagon in its original, pharmaceutically labeled container.
- Boarding with lancets will be allowed as long as the lancets are capped and they are carried along with a glucose meter with the manufacturer's name embossed on the meter.
Should you encounter difficulty when trying to pass through airport security, ask to speak with the TSA ground security commissioner.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. - Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.
Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day. - Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.
Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems
- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment. - Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected. Please visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi for complete safety information.