Im leaving on a jet plane...

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Allison77
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   Posted 2/22/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Quick question...Oscar and I have our first plane ride (as an ostomate)  on Friday. Is there anything I should know or do? Again, im ALWAYS "randonly selected" (maybe my ginormous sleeve tattoo freaks them out??) and am ok with that...but just want to know what I should say/do and bring with me (what CAN you bring onto a plane nowadays?? LOL)?
Thanking ya'll in advance!!
 
-Allie
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


suebear
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   Posted 2/22/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah.......vacation!! I hope?

As far as I know we are still limited to carrying a 1QT. bag of carry-on health and beauty items. To verify check the TSAs website at www.tsa.gov It will tell you exactly what is permitted in carry on and what must be checked. I can't comment on the security check information but I am sure some ostomates will chime in.

Have fun and take pictures!

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 2/22/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
That is awesome smilewinkgrin

When you are 'randomly' picked you just have to let them know you have medical supplies for your ostomy. I haven't ever been questioned about any supplies or my medical condition so I don't know what they'd want from that stand point...but I would gladly show whoever wanted to look scool

Your supplies are separate from the 1Qt rule and like suebear said go to the tsa website to get a better idea. Just don't put them only in your checked in luggage or have some in both carry on and checked in. Always bring a little extra for those 'just in case' moments but most importantly....have FUN!

Oh, if you cut your wafers, you'll have to do that before you leave so you don't have to mess with scissors.

Allison77
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   Posted 2/22/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
NASCARon said...
<singin'> I don't know when I'll be back again <stop singin'> ROT***** - I crack myself up.

"So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me, hold me like you'll never let me go......
Cause im leaving on a jet plane, don't know when i'll be back again...."
 
Was totally singing this when I wrote the original post...LOL.
 
-Allie
 
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


Allison77
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
You probably don't want me to sing, Im the person who when she sings in the shower, the water parts ala red sea to get away from me. LOL. I can't carry a tune to save my life, though that dosen't stop me from singing my fool head off whenever I can! LOL.

-Allie
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


RobinByrd
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   Posted 2/24/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I was singing along as I read each of your posts!  yeah

I had never really considered flying and all that would go into packing the emergency kit for the flight.  So, that go me thinking...(don't worry, didn't hurt myself!)...I use the wafer that I have to cut myself, and would probably not be able to take the scissors with me on board.  So, I would probably need to pre-cut each accessory I brought with me.  I don't know what your accessory is like, but this was my thought.  smilewinkgrin

I hope you have fun on your trip!

smurf 


: )  Robin
 
29 year old Mommy of an amazing 2 year old and Wife for 3 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
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daisystar
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   Posted 2/24/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I flew to Florida I had everything cut and ready to use if I needed them in the carry on bag. I had several changes in case my baggage would happen to be lost.
 
Someone had told me my ostomy bag would fill with air during take off. It did not and I got along great. I just made sure it was empty before getting on the plane.
 
Enjoy your trip.
 
Daisystar

awesomeame
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   Posted 2/27/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I fly all the time and it's never a problem. In the past month I've been to Montreal 3x, also Manhatten, Houston, and Ft Myers FL. I have a couple precut flanges and bags I pocket, the rest I check. I always buy a bottle of water to help rinse out if I need to empty the bag during the flight. Sometimes I get the pat down, usually not. If I do I tell them I have an ostomy and honestly they don't care whatsoever...90% of the time I don't think they even know what I'm talking about lol

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Allison77
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
We are back from the week-end from H-E-double hockey sticks. Oscar did WONDERFUL and of course, for the first time ever, I was not "randomly selected." *pout* I did as was told and put some extra supplies in a baggie into my purse. I even sat in a window seat for the first time in 13 years!! Of course I ended up having to go to the washroom, but that was due to too many bottles of water. Thanks to everyone for your words of wisdom!!!...and now here is some of mine: Never EVER EVER fly Air Canada. EVER.

-Allie
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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