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Gordo118
post Jan 27 2013, 08:04 PM
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Has anyone had any problems with air travel with a pump on, we are heading thru the states to Mexico and I just would like to know what to expect in security areas
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post Jan 27 2013, 08:20 PM
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Use the forums "Search" function, and you will find lots of info. Also use the term "TSA" in your search.
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post Jan 27 2013, 08:26 PM
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Has anyone had any problems with air travel with a pump on, we are heading thru the states to Mexico and I just would like to know what to expect in security areas


Gordo,
If you are going by plane why didn't you book your travel nonstop to Mexico?

Any way it's a piece of cake, no problems at all. I travel to Mexico 2-3 times a month, Just inform security and immigration, carry your prescriptions and take plenty of supplies, you cannot get them in Mexico.

Canadian security is another matter for me, I get the third degree every time I travel to and from there. always takes me an extra 45-minutes getting into and out of Canada.

U.S. TSA depends on where you fly into and out of which airport show prescriptions and answer all their questions. You will proably get a pat down and a hand wipe checking for explosives.

By all means be cheerful and you will not have any problems,

When you get to your destination in Mexico the first thing you want to do is grab a Cervesa (even though it is a forbidden fruit to diabetics) 1 or 2 won't hurt you at least it doesn't hurt me. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/Dance.gif)

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post Jan 27 2013, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE(Gordo118 @ Jan 27 2013, 03:04 PM) *
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Has anyone had any problems with air travel with a pump on, we are heading thru the states to Mexico and I just would like to know what to expect in security areas


Will you be leaving from a US airport. Situations change. I flew from our regional airport last May and was surprised to see a Full Body Scanner. I opt out and get a pat down. I will not subject my pump and transmitter to the scanner. I have not had any problem with that. I have been told by TSA agents that it's perfectly safe to go through the scanner. I explain that I've been told otherwise.

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post Feb 2 2013, 07:58 PM
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I have never had problems until I flew from Detroit to Florida last fall. There was a scanner, which the TSA person informed me was not a full body scan, which I understood could de-program my pump,. so I went through and it made its circle around me ....
A few weeks later, I was having high blood sugars and could not get them down, so I called Medtronic and they thought that MAYBE the airport scanner had affected my motor, which can come on slowly after such an experience! I had also been in touch w/my endo doc and he said to just keep bolusing, so I was over 200 +++ for 10 days!!!

Whom do I believe?? I had Medtronic send me a new pump and have been fine, and really don't know what was going on w/me or my pump. This is my 3rd pump in 3 years, so I guess I can be glad I have a "newer" device, but don't know what to do when I fly again.

Normal xray does not affect it, so I believed.
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post Feb 2 2013, 09:21 PM
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I have never had problems until I flew from Detroit to Florida last fall. There was a scanner, which the TSA person informed me was not a full body scan, which I understood could de-program my pump,. so I went through and it made its circle around me ....
A few weeks later, I was having high blood sugars and could not get them down, so I called Medtronic and they thought that MAYBE the airport scanner had affected my motor, which can come on slowly after such an experience! I had also been in touch w/my endo doc and he said to just keep bolusing, so I was over 200 +++ for 10 days!!!

Whom do I believe?? I had Medtronic send me a new pump and have been fine, and really don't know what was going on w/me or my pump. This is my 3rd pump in 3 years, so I guess I can be glad I have a "newer" device, but don't know what to do when I fly again.

Normal xray does not affect it, so I believed.


At Detroit I told the agent I wanted to opt out and get the patdown. They were very nice. The first agent said, "You don't have to go through. Just stand aside." He called for a pat-down agent and she grabbed my things and took me and my carry on over to another area. She told me I could have a private alcove but I said I was okay. She was very good and not intrusive. She did tell me that the scanner would not hurt my pump. I thanked her; I didn't want to argue with her. I wish the pump companies would make it clear to the TSA that it isn't perfectly okay to go through the scanner.


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post Feb 2 2013, 10:50 PM
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! I had also been in touch w/my endo doc and he said to just keep bolusing, so I was over 200 +++ for 10 days!!!


This is off the topic, but when I am running high, I need to OVERRIDE the bolus amount and take some extra, or increase my basal, or I never get back to normal. I hope your doctor has spoken to you about that. I could not stand to be over 200 for 10 days!

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post Feb 4 2013, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE(Linda B @ Feb 2 2013, 05:50 PM) *
This is off the topic, but when I am running high, I need to OVERRIDE the bolus amount and take some extra, or increase my basal, or I never get back to normal. I hope your doctor has spoken to you about that. I could not stand to be over 200 for 10 days!

Linda B.

Linda, I did all that and still could not get it down! I really was not sick, so it made no sense! I felt like a truck hit me and just lay on the couch and tried to read, but I felt horrible. This made me pretty depressed.
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post Feb 5 2013, 04:55 PM
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Linda, I did all that and still could not get it down!

I think it was my CDE who said to me "If your BG is too high, you need more insulin." She is a Type 1 as am I, and for us it really is that simple. (Not easy, but simple.) When my BG is too high I just keep adding insulin until it starts coming down. Sometimes it takes much more insulin than I expected. And sometimes it means I've taken too much insulin by the time I get a response, but in that case I'll catch the falling BG with carbs (glucose if the BG is falling fast).

If my BG is too high, I need more insulin. It really is that simple.
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