Allergy/Asthma Information Association

Airport Security Alert: What Allergic Passengers Need to Know

Because of recent increases in security measures in airports, no liquids or gels of any kind will be permitted in carry-on baggage. These items must be in checked baggage. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Exception: baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines. Check with your airline and with the relevant government transportation agency in the country or countries in which you will travel.

If you carry an auto-injector or prescribed asthma medications in hand baggage, be sure that the original packaging with the pharmacy label is attached and that the name on the medication matches the name of the passenger. It may also be wise to have a letter from your doctor that explains the need for the medication and copies of prescriptions.

If you normally carry non-prescription medications, you could ask for a prescription to ensure that you will be able to carry them on the plane. For some medications such as antihistamines it may be possible to switch from a liquid to pills.

If you need to take your own food on board, you need to carefully plan what food will be allowed on the plane. Foods like pudding or yogurt could be suspect. Dried food, a sandwich or other solid food for example, would likely be okay. Again, check with your airline or airport security.

from Allergy & Asthma News, Issue 4 2006

return Return to the Travel with Allergies section

| Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © AAIA, 2017
Web site maintained by Konecny Consulting Inc.