Medication Requirements For Airlines

Medication is allowed aboard airlines as long as TSA regulations are followed.

Many travelers require medication. With stricter airline security, knowing what is allowed on airplanes and what is not can be confusing. Medications and supplies are allowed as long as they have been properly screened. Knowing the requirements before a trip will help in the screening process. Travelers should not pack medication in checked baggage, due to the risk of lost or damaged baggage. Place medication in a carry-on bag and follow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations.

Have Medication Visually Inspected

All medication, including pills, injectables and homeopathic, and associated supplies such as syringes, sharps disposal containers and pens are allowed through security checkpoints at airports. To avoid risk of damage, request they be inspected by hand before the screening process begins.

To ease inspection, have all items in clear plastic bags and properly labeled. The TSA does not require all medication be labeled, but doing so will help in the inspection. Separate items to be inspected from all other items and hand to a security officer.

Any medication that cannot be clearly viewed by an officer must be sent through an X-ray screener. Be prepared and have all items in clear containers or bags.

Keep Medication in Original Container

If traveling with prescription medication, keep it in the original container. The name on the container must match that of the passenger. Do not try to save space by combining medications in one bottle. This could prompt further inspection and cause a delay in getting through security.

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If using a container for daily medication, it is best to put all medication in the original container. Medications can be separated into a different container after passing through the checkpoint.

Have Copy of Prescriptions

Those who carry insulin on board should keep a copy of the written prescription with the medication. All medically necessary supplies for diabetes treatment are allowed on board and can be administered if needed. Note that any container of insulin greater than three ounces must be declared at the security checkpoint.

If traveling with multiple medications, it is a good idea to have a doctor’s note. A large amount of prescription drugs of any type could prompt further inspection and create a delay. Having a doctor’s note can help expedite the inspection of multiple medications in a carry-on bag.