Does anyone have a standard form for their doctor to fill out about carrying their epi-pen on a plane?
Is there a place on this site for standardized forms? I'm new here and still trying to find my way around.
Jean- we didn't have a standardized form - our doctor just wrote a simple, to-the-point note stating that due to my sons allergy, he was to carry an epi-pen with him at all times - it was very basic. No questions from the airlines (luckily).
Good luck- and welcome!
I have only traveled United, they required a prescription label with the pen that had my son's name on it. I was told that on the phone, but no one at the airport ever checked.
Hi Jean- this is the sample letter FAAN put on their website. I used it last month for our trip on USAir. They did't ask for it but it was great to have just in case. Here is the letter.
Sample Letter for Carrying Self-Injectable Epinephrine Aboard Commercial Airplanes
To Whom it May Concern:
PATIENT FULL NAME is a AGE/GENDER who suffers from a life-threatening allergy to SPECIFIC ALLERGENS LISTED. This is a severe allergic reaction that makes it medically necessary for HIM/HER to carry an antihistamine and EpiPen
Thanks. That was what I was looking for.
Just FYI - We used the FAAN form letter with our clinic, at the request of British Airways and American Airways. I tucked it in with the EpiPens (inside the prescription-labelled box), and had no problems.
By the way, if you use a general letter from your doctor, MAKE SURE IT SAYS THE EPIPENS MUST BE WITH THE PATIENT/PARENT AT ALL TIMES. British Airways informed us that, while carrying medically necessary medication on board was permissible, allowing it in the main cabin is at the pilot's discretion. In other words, unless your medical form specifies otherwise, the pilot can demand that injectible medication be kept in the cockpit, and be delivered to the patient by the head flight attendant if needed. Obviously, this would be no problem for something like insulin injections, but could be for a food-allergic patient who develops anaphylactic shock.
Just a note, but it was this very same FAAN form letter that American Airlines refused to accept and told us was "the wrong letter" when we were refused boarding in Buffalo.
No one seemed to care about the epipens, not even security, they've seen millions. It was the wording that this was a "severe" allergy and implications of liability they would not accept. Instead they wanted a letter that stated our son's condition was stable and would not require extrordinary measures EVEN IF HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH PEANUTS! (See our posting under Discriminatory Policy) I will post the AA form that was faxed to us when I locate it, again.
I wanted to add that I keep my letter from the doctor with the Epi-pen at all times. I have never needed it (including when flying) but feel better having it with me at all times in case I was ever questioned about carrying it.
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