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   Posted 1/17/2011 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
     Someone mentioned in a previous post that they had some problems going through security with a "bag".  We are thinking of going on a trip the first week in April (just thinking because I still have some health issues), but I hesitate because I sure don't want any hassle at the airport rolleyes .

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   Posted 1/17/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on various trips the last two years (way too many for my liking). Some were to Europe and around the different countries and others were between S and Canada and have only once had the pat down because the buzzer went off for jewelry. (Darn earrings were too big I guess)

So then they do the pat down and felt the ostomy. I told her what it was and started to pull up the shirt to show her but she said never mind so I didn't have too.

I know some know what it is but I got a Dr. note just in case. Carried most of my supplies with me on carry on and some more in suitcase. Never lost luggage so all went well.

If you feel well enough I say go for it. Don't let your life be limited by ostomy if you can help it!!
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   Posted 1/17/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I traveled over Christmas and had no problem.  I wasn't patted down and the airports I went through didn't have those body scanners.  I went from Wichita, KS to New Orleans and had no problems either way.

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   Posted 1/17/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I just don't undertstand people's hesitancy to fly with an ostomy.
Personally, I feel like I LOVE  flying now that I'm not worried about diarrhea!!! That's the whole reason that you GOT your ostomy, right? So you could LIVE YOUR LIFE? Don't let this stop you!!!
And seriously, what's the worst that could happen? They go to do a pat down and you go, "Um, just so you know, I have an ostomy and you should be careful." And then they go, "What is that?" and you either pull out a doctor's note or you explain that it's a bag of poo and you go on your merry way. Right? Am I wrong? Seriously, I don't feel a bit awkward about that. THEY'RE the one that's going to feel awkard.
Christine, if you want to go on a trip, GO ON A TRIP!! Enjoy your freedom!

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   Posted 1/18/2011 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, what 80's said is so true. It is just information you will give the pat down people. I would rather pull up my shirt and show them than risk having them injure my stoma from a pat down. I would just treat it like an explanation you would give a friend or relative or anyone who was in a situation where they were going to touch me. It would be the first thing I would say. And yes, they would likely feel awkward, but so what, are you ever going to see them again? and do you really care what they think? Nah!

Go on your trip and have a great time.


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   Posted 1/18/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with 80schick, I am not in the slightest bit concerned what anyone thinks anymore. Take your trip and enjoy not running to the loo every 5 minutes. I love mine now but it did take me some time lol

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   Posted 1/18/2011 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
80s Chick - Great answer. Tell a stranger it's a bag of poo and they tend to shut up and avoid it! haha

Christine - I am new to Ostomies and plan to travel in March. When I was talking to the rep from Convatech I told them I would be traveling. They sent me a package with smaller bags for use in more revealing clothing (i.e. bathing suit) and a card that fits in your wallet to explain the Ostomy. I plan to travel with this card and think it is a great idea. I can hand it to the TSA agent with my boarding pass if there is a scan machine.

Good Luck and Enjoy your vacation. You deserve it!

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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
There is no hassle...well, no more than a 'normal' person!!!!

Read the TSA can have ALL (paste/powder/skin prep etc) your medical supplies (bring extra) with you in your carry on. They are not allowed to touch your appliance and IF chosen for the scan/search you should indicate that you have a medical appliance.

I've traveled by plane many times in the last 11 years and I really haven't been inconvenienced BECAUSE I have an's usually because I have to take my shoes AND belt off!!!!!!!

If an airport has a scanner it's not a guarantee your going into it...Travel and ENJOY yourself and your new health...that's why we go to such lengths to get healthy, right??? Have FUN:)
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