Flying with EpiPens

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Hi all! Has anyone flown with EpiPens in their carry-on luggage since the new rules in Sept2006? I'm flying on United cross country (USA) in a few weeks and just want to make sure there's no issues at security. Thanks!

On Mar 27, 2007

We flew at Christmas - mind you, from Canada to Orlando, but the flights were code-shared ones with Uited.

DD had no trouble with her epi's, she had them in a zip-lock bag, with her hand lotion and lip-gloss.

One security agent (can't remember what airport) told her that they didn't need to be in the zip-lock, but DD likes to keep all that stuff together, and it was only that guy that said anything.

Her epi-pens do not have pharmacy labels/Dr.'s names on them, we buy over the counter, but NO-ONE has EVER said anything.

On Mar 27, 2007

We flew in November with two epipens and the guards never glanced at them.

As a percaution, we made sure they were labeled with my son's perscription and carried a doctor's note, based on FAAN's suggested language:

[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/Carrying_Epi.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/Carrying_Epi.html[/url]

Good luck!

On Mar 27, 2007

No problem here either. I make sure to have the prescription label from the box the pens came in and also a letter from dd's allergist. Ironically, we have never been questioned about our epi-pens when going thru the airport security checks, and it always amazes me. It's less hassle for me, but it doesn't make me feel particularly safe up there.

On Mar 27, 2007

Over the years we have flown numerous times w/in the US and to Canada with epi pens. Our most recent flight was Feb 2007. We have never been questioned about them. I've only once carried a letter from a Doctor with me (never had to use it). The epi pens always have the label from the pharmacy on them and are in their original box/tube. The most we have carried on board w/ us was 7.

Edit to add- the epi pens we flew with were not in zip lock bags. Or taken out of my purse/her mini back pack and placed in the grey bins prior to xray.

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On Mar 27, 2007

I fly regularly with epipens. Previously, they were ignored. Now, you HAVE to declare them and have the epis in a 1 quart plastic bag so that they are visible to security,

On my last trip, one of the security officers picked them up for a closer look, but the woman working with her said, 'they're just epipens. They're fine'.

They aren't in the original box but each tube is labeled with a pharmacy prescription label.

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On Mar 27, 2007

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Originally posted by Adele: [b]I fly regularly with epipens. Previously, they were ignored. Now, you HAVE to declare them and have the epis in a 1 quart plastic bag so that they are visible to security,

On my last trip, one of the security officers picked them up for a closer look, but the woman working with her said, 'they're just epipens. They're fine'.

They aren't in the original box but each tube is labeled with a pharmacy prescription label.

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited March 27, 2007).][/b]

hi Adele - just so you know...medications aren't limited to a 1 quart ziploc bag. You could have your allowed 3.4oz liquids and make-up in a clear 1 quart ziploc bag and also have another bag of liquid medications.

Once, since Sept 11, I had epipens taken away...but I was told it was a localized airport threat. This was what...a few years ago now.

Since then, I have each tube pharmacy labeled and place them in a clear bag (gallon size since I carry 6 when I travel) with a full bottle (sealed) of benadryl liquid and a small 1 oz container of benadryl gel.

no problems what so ever. You *do* have to declare them though, take them out of your carry on and put them in a bin...makes it easier to have them in a clear bag. I don't think you'll get in trouble for not taking them out or declaring them...but why take a chance? The fact that you did not declare them is enough cause to keep you on the ground. I know...why would they? but...you never know...

So, clear bag for me...I just pop 'em out and put them in the bin with my shoes.

Adrienne

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Adrienne

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Mar 28, 2007

we JUST flew from Cleveland to Las Vegas & back again & neither time were DD's EpiPens mentioned... we had them in HER carry-on bag both times, in a ziploc bag w/Rx labels from the pharmacy on each one (i'm paranoid & took 4 on the trip)...also in the ziploc bag was a letter from her allergist stating she needed them w/her on the flight. no one ever mentioned them or asked to look further into the contents of her bag...we simply put it through the x-ray machine & were on our way...hth

On Mar 28, 2007

We just returned from Orlando on USAir. Adam's 2 extra Epi's were in my carry-on and NOT in a ziploc bag, but another carrying pouch. No questions asked.

On Mar 28, 2007

We just flew in Feb. DS just took his epi off his waist and put it in a bin, I put the one I carry in my purse beside it. Both are labeled with the prescription, but that wasn't visible on DS's (without inspection), since it was in his carrier. I also had a doctor's note just in case, but did not need it. No one said anything about it.

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On Apr 12, 2007

We flew from Toronto to DR and Scott had his pouch with 2 epipens. Also, I folded the boxes with the prescription labels in the pouch. Went through scanners no problem.

He also had -- are you ready -- 8 epipens in his carry-on, all in their boxes labelled with no questions asked either way.

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