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   Posted 3/30/2006 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm about to embark upon my first flight as a diabetic!  In keeping with knowledge gained from other type 2s, I have not declared to the airline that I am a diabetic because I know that I would go on a worldwide blacklist and be doomed to bloody awful 'airline diabetic' food forever.  That would be especially bad if I fly back to the UK (from Australia) sad .  So, to some questions; I'd like to take my testing kit into the cabin with me.  Are security people cool with such things?  They don't hink you can hijack a 'plane with a softclix pen, do they? Do airport x-ray machines have any detrimental effects on testing strips etc?  Does the dry atmosphere on the 'plane have any effect on readings?  My flight is a relatively short hop (4 hours!), so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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   Posted 3/30/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I always have my doctor write me a note saying I need it on board with me. Then I only show it if there is a problem. I've never had any problems with bringing it or the xrays or anything. Hope this helps, Robyn

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   Posted 3/30/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I do what Robyn does, especially since I travel with syringes.  I've done a lot of traveling abroad and have never been asked for the document, but I'm always relieved to have it with me.  It simply states that I am a diabetic with a medical requirement to have insulin syringes and all related testing supplies with me at all times.  My carry-on bag is usually stopped on the conveyer/x-ray belt as they look a second time at the supplies but they've never once asked me for the letter.  Better safe than sorry because of delays, though. 
Have a nice trip!

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   Posted 4/5/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I have flown plenty even in the last few years. I usually pocekt carry 2 days of syringes and supplies, and baggage the rest. The pocket carry is enough time to get replcements if there is a airline probelm involving missing bags. I usually toss the whole mess into the basket at the checkpoint like there is nothing wrong with the insulin on top. They see that and just let me pass.


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   Posted 4/11/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I always worried about being stopped, too.  Never happened.  Years and years and not once.  Then I went on the insulin pump.  Now a new worry.  I had this little computer thing strapped to me and was sure when I went through the machine that it would set off alarms and they'd think I had a bomb strapped to myself!  Again, nothing.  But I always carry a note from the doctor, also.  And I was worried about the effect of the xray machine on the pump itself but it's always been fine.
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