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Traveling on an airplane for the first time with Animas Vibe pump. Any advice on how to handle airport security (NSA) to insure I do not have to send my pump through X-ray scanners? Thank you!

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Medtronic has a form you can print in their website. I'm sure Animas has the same sort of thing.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Dallas, TX
So you are saying I show them a form and no questions asked?

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Dallas, TX
There really isn't any easy way to travel with a pump. You'll get pulled to the side and searched with and without a pump. I fly probably once a month and am always pulled to the side and the searching varies. Sometimes they do the full pat down and go through every single one of the my things, sometimes it's just a pat down, and sometimes all they do is have me touch the pump and swab for "explosives." I've never once just passed through. They don't care about the note. But I always bring it. And if I ever protest it gets worse. Just expect it. Don't stress.

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Dallas, TX
I meant I get pulled to the side with and without a note.

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Dallas, TX
I know that they're supposed to honor the note from the doctor, that medical devices are allowed and we shouldn't be discriminated against, I know. I used to get so upset. But the thing is that they have all of the power, it happens every. single. time. And if I want to fly I just have to deal with it until policy is changed. I write to and vote to advocate for change, but that isn't going to happen with the TSA employee during the security check. Just stay calm, go to your happy place, and smile and look them right in the eye. I've found that if you smile and are super nice

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Dallas, TX
And say, "this is an insulin pump, I have type 1 diabetes," that they are usually nicer and friendlier.

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Dallas, TX
Are you flying out of DFW or****Field?

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes.
Hanover, PA
U can ask ur Endo for a letter n tht ill be good too.

I will disconnect just before the metal detector and ask them to hand check the pump. I then get scanned, no pat down, and pump is waiting on other side for me. But I've also had very different experiences depending on the airport. I have a letter from doc but have never been asked to show it.

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
Houston, TX
We disconnect, hand it to them, tell them what it is and are adamant that it gets handed around all X-ray and metal detectors. They walk it around and we pass through the metal detector. They swab it for explosives and we are done. Never taken a note.

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