Meds on airplanes

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 2:17am
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Does anyone know if we can take bottles of kids medicine on planes? These are bigger than the trial sizes, but I thought we could "declare" them at security an be okay. Want to take benadryl and prescription antihistamines on board for DS.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 3:02am
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I carry Benedryl fast melt strips when I fly. If the antihistamine is prescription, just make sure that it has the prescription label on the bottle itself. It helps if you also have a letter from your doctor explaining the need for the meds, especially if you carry epi-pens.
My epi-pens have a prescription label on each tube. As you are required to declare liquid meds at the security checkpoint, I put the epi, plus any other meds, in a 1 quart plastic bag and I put the bag in one of the gray tubs so that they are easily seen by security. Only once has anyone given them a second look.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 9:41am
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You can get the latest info at [url="http://tsa.gov"]http://tsa.gov[/url] for restrictions.
Since you can be traveling away from home, and the security situation can change, it's always a good idea to have a note from your doctor stating how much medication and what kind you should be taking with you travel on an airplane.
Also --- use the original bottles just in case. I keep some benadryl gel in a Nalgene 1 oz bottle for contact reactions in flight. Sometimes the TSA agents are nosier than others, and one particular flight a few months ago they questioned the bottle in my bag w/ my epis. It was only labeled with a sharpie. They said, "ok, it's fine for today, but please use original medication bottles in the future 'just in case' " That made sense to me.
Currently, there is no limit on liquid medications. It does not count towards your quart-size ziploc bag of liquid toiletries.
Like Adele, I carry all my meds in a clear ziploc...mine is gallon size though. When I travel I take 4-6 epipens, a full bottle of liquid benadryl, now the full bottle of topical liquid gel, a full bottle of Advil liquid gels (non allergy related). I put all that and my doctors letter (to cover epipens and benadryl products), and my chef allergy cards all in a gallon size ziploc. I can still have my quart size bag of liquid toiletries.
You shouldn't run into any problems at all. For us frequent air travelers, it's about being prepared w/ all documentation and meds b/c the situation can change for your return flight. I happened to be travelling when that big liquid restriction took place and luckily had a week before I had my return flight and I received an express letter from my doctor for my epipens and benadryl, and, Walgreens was able to send me via mail individual labels for my epipens (they weren't even in the box!)
As Adele said, you just take out your med pack and place it in a gray bin. Sometimes you'll get a "who is xyz...are these your medications?" and they'll look at the bag. Sometimes they won't. It's better to take them out and put them in a bin, rather than keep them in your carry-on and then get searched b/c they need to verify the liquids.
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