I just wanted to share our experience with flying with Epi-pens recently since all of the changed security. We take the Epi-pens out of the baggage so that they do not go through the x-ray machines and hand them to the security people. At both airports they needed to see the medical documentation for needing them, so it really is important to have with you. I almost think that they would not let us take them onboard if we did not have the letter from the doctor. One manager told us that we should not have three of them, but just one. My husband put her straight and explained why at least three were needed. The "funny" thing is that one of the epies were left in the box with the prescription and the letter was still needed. I hope this helps anyone planning on flying soon. Safe Flying to all of you.
On Apr 10, 2002
We had the same experience in February. They really took the pack with the epipen apart, read the medical documentation letter, and still needed to call a supervisor over. I have no doubt that if we didn't have the letter, we would not have gotten by security.
On Apr 11, 2002
I have also flown (with epis, perscription and doctor's note) around 10 times since 9/11 with no trouble - but have never taken them out of the x rayed hand baggage. I (and DH) have been hand searched, but nothing past the explanation (it is meds for f.a. I have the perscription) immed. solved.
Why would you not have them x rayed? I assume there is no danger to the medicine?
On Apr 12, 2002
Chicago, We do not have them x-rayed because we just were not sure if it affected the medicine in anyway. Now, it is just habit to do it that way, but still are not sure if they can be x-rayed. It appears most of the people let them go throught the machine.
On Apr 12, 2002
As a chemist, I WOULD NOT ALLOW them to go through an x-ray device if there is an alternative. (however, recognize that in the current climate, not every security team will give you an alternative) Not so much for the epinephrine, as I *think* that would be OK at these low doses of radiation, but for the mechanism of the injector. Repeated radiation exposures (ie- particularly for frequent fliers) might slowly degrade the materials.
On Apr 17, 2002
Just wanted to share that we flew out of SF and into Logan (Boston) and back again, last week. We were singled out for intense searching due to some idiot security guards, but that is another story. Anyhow, they definitely looked at the epi-pens and closely examined them, but said absolutely nothing about them and didn't ask any questions. I hadn't brought a doctor's note as I did have one in the original prescription box, and tags from FAAN, etc. with all the pertinent info. Plus, my daughter wears a medic-alert bracelet which specifically mentions the epi-pen. So, my swiss army knife (which I stupidly forgot I had in my kids' snack bag) got thrown away, but the epi-pens sailed through with no problem. Miriam
On Apr 17, 2002
We flew from Chicago on Spring Break to florida... I had my son's epi's in a waist pack and told the security what was in it and sent it through the X-ray machine. They never asked to look at them or see a note from the Dr. (even though I had one) Nobody said a word at either airport! OH WELL! Just shows they don't obviously have uniform standards throughout the country.
Guess that's what happens when the government takes over something! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]