Flying with EpiPens

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 2:49am
CityChk's picture
Joined: 01/04/2007 - 09:00

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!

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:19am
lmw's picture
Joined: 11/12/2005 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:19am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

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:
Good luck!

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:53am
shayesmom's picture
Joined: 03/26/2007 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 4:15am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

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.
[This message has been edited by kandomom (edited March 28, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 4:52am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

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).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 9:39am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

Quote: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? never know...
So, clear bag for me...I just pop 'em out and put them in the bin with my shoes.
[img][/img] Adrienne
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:42pm
ilismama's picture
Joined: 02/06/2007 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 12:29am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 8:13am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 1:20pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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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