Hi all I want to tell you about my experience as a Typ1 with Insulin Pump at the airport….

Updated on June 13, 2016 in Type 1 Diabetes
6 on April 11, 2016

Hi all,
I want to tell you about my experience as a Typ1 with Insulin Pump at the airport.  I have all certificates for the pump and accessories  in English and Hindi.  I travelled with domestic airline to Kashmir- leaving Mumbai was ok they have changed for a polite security check.
But leaving Kashmir was an issue : the security guards have never seen a pump and first thing is they want to touch it and hold it in their hands and may put it in the scanner.   to this  I strictly objected !
What they for sure do not want is read certificates. If this is caused by not knowing Hindi as the local language is Urdu ? Unwillingness?  Ignorance ? “superficial” Knowledge ? I do not know- but it kept me in checking for more then 2 h ! they then also decided to check my hand luggage so they found more things they had never seen before as my patience was on edge I told them that all this item are listed in the certificate and therefore needed by me. Finally they stamped my boarding pass. By the way they were not the least interested in the fluids( insulin) I had  thoroughly  packed in the plastic bag .
So now I am checking for a way to avoid this :  detach  the pump and put it the  in the hand luggage and have it scanned- Will it survive the scanner? — anyone an idea???

My pump and cgm survived the full body scan in Frankfurt/Germany – but a scanner in a remote Indian airport ??

Any more ideas would be highly welcomed :-)

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0 on April 12, 2016

I face this same issue all the time too. Airport security is still so unaware, it is very annoying.
I have the same question. That might be an easier way out, to put pump in hand bag during the check. I travel a lot but have never tried it.
The waves of a remote Indian airport scanner should be much milder so if your pump survived a full body scan in Germany, according to me it should definitely survive the Indian ones. 

Should try it though.

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3 on May 12, 2016

Interestingly enough, this is something that worries me too. I feel keeping a pump in hand bag during the check is not a viable option. I understand the ignorance of airport authorities and otherwise for insulin pump for they dont know, and the ordeal can be long waiting and explaining hours about what it is and why. No matter what the scenario, pump may not survive the X-ray, CT scan and MRI scan. So i dont think so full body scan in Frankfurt would’ve been an issue. They are aware about pumps. Yet, its a matter of ignorance and security. Carrying doctor certificates and medtronic certificates should be fine, albeit with a mental preparedness about long ordeals.

on May 16, 2016

Sorry to tell you but also in Germany the knowledge about insulin pumps is poor specially  at airports. They check the pump for liquid = bomb problem but they have no idea what a insulin pump is. In full body scan i was issued though I told them about the risk that the pump would de programmed they just did not care and no chance starting to argue with them…

on May 16, 2016

they also are not willing to read any certificates you may show them that is the major point. They are aware of the power they have

on May 16, 2016

Then that’s an issue. Because I travel frequently but I was on injections then. How did you experience coming out of germany? I feel even in the US, ppl with diabetes face this issue due to security threat.

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0 on June 13, 2016

I have experienced a similar issue in the US airport as well, where they put me through a full body scan in that scary round cubicle. My pump survived that luckily, I was so tensed. Kept checking my blood glucose every 45 mins to make sure everything was alright.

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