Bag search--Anyone have an epi-pen confiscated???

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 3:39am
Shuleran's picture
Joined: 07/25/2004 - 09:00

Hi all.
We just returned from the Bassmaster's Classic at the Charlotte, NC Convention center. We had our bags searched as a matter of security. No big deal, right?? The security person wanted to know what the epi-pen was and did not think that I should be allowed to take it in. My highly PA daughter was standing with me and I said, "I WILL take this in with her!" They sold peanuts in the coliseum and I was not about to go in there without it. They did let me pass when they saw that I was a "crazy mom".
Has anyone else had a similiar experience??

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 6:26am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My DS recently went to a comic book convention. He was searched at the door and was asked to explain what his epi pens were.
He explained and the guard said "Oh sweetheart you are not going to stick yourself with that thing are you?"
DS said "I certainly am if I need to."
They let him in epi pens and all.

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 7:19am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

On our first airplane trip post 9/11 we were taken off the line while the security folks examined the epipen. I had them call a supervisor over who reviewed our MD's letter and let us go without any further problem.
I never really thought about it for anything other than airline use, but in this post 9/11 world (especially in the last few days here in NY) I suppose it couldn't hurt to carry a MD's letter. I imagine there will be a lot more random searching going on, much of it by people who are perhaps not trained thoroughly enough to recognize an epipen.

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 7:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I get searched regularly at Wonderland. Never a problem - other than occasionally they want to know why I have so many. [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 7:53am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

We have traveled on airplanes extensively over the past year or so. I was worried about them wanting to confiscate the epi pens. I have a note on a prescription blank that I keep in the EPI pen case from the dr that states that my son must always have it in case of life threatening emergency.
I have never even been questioned through screening at airports or any venue that searches bags.
I am thankful for that, but then you start hoping they know what it is and don't question it, instead of them missing it in the screening process if you know what i mean.

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 9:22am
new2PA's picture
Joined: 10/18/2003 - 09:00

Shuleran, question...was it the convention Center or the coliseum?

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 10:46am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I recently flew without my PA son. I got flagged to extra security and realized I had an EpiPen in my purse. The security guard searched my purse but never even saw it! That was not very comforting from a security standpoint.
[This message has been edited by StartingOver (edited August 02, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 1:44pm
Scruffy's picture
Joined: 05/12/2003 - 09:00

I have flown many times in the past couple of years and I would say with the exception of maybe three times, I have had security take me aside and ask about my Epi. It has never been taken away though. It seems like there are enough people in the world that have Epi's that by now security, especially at airports, would know what they are and not get so hyped up about them.

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 1:24am
MayaLily's picture
Joined: 07/01/2004 - 09:00

If I'm going anywhere I think I'll have to pass through any security, I make sure that I have the epi-pen in the box with the prescription label on it. I've flown several times and have never been questioned about it...even when I was one of the random people to be thoroughly searched.
I figure since it has my daughter's name on it, and the dr's name and the purpose for it, that they can't confiscate is obviously prescribed to her for a medical purpose.

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 7:57am
ALLERGYMOM's picture
Joined: 10/09/2003 - 09:00

We travel alot. So I had DS's doctor and allergest write a note about his epi-pen. It describes what it is for and that he needs it at all time bc his food allergies are life threating and that he has multiple life threating food allergies and asthma. I keep the notes in his medicine bag that contains his epi-pens and his other meds bc he has asthma also. We have never had a problem. The first time we flew after 9/11 I was a little worried about it but I called ahead and everthing went great.
Have A Great Day

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 8:20am
Yankee's picture
Joined: 03/08/2000 - 09:00

I carry a doctor's note with me, and have never had anyone even ask about it. I travel extensively, too. I always thought it was weird that no one questioned me having a needle aboard an airline in this post 9/11 climate. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they don't give me trouble, but I would feel more safe if they just ASKED about it. It makes me wonder what else is getting through. My doctor's note came in handy when I went to a rock festival in CA, though. They questioned why I was bringing in my own food (it was a no-no...of course they want you to pay for their overpriced garbage). I explained my allergy and was getting nowhere until I whipped out my Dr's note (which only mentioned my need to have my epi). The guy let me through (after questioning why I needed both nutrigrain bars AND beef jerky! For a 12 hour concert, go figure!) but he told me to get a more explicit note next time!


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