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Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
I thought this was an interesting article:

Diabetic teen upset with TSA screeners at Salt Lake City Airport

I like that there is some attention being paid to this issue - she could have had some serious health consequences!

Haylen
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Anon123567 responded:
I've been through the full body scanner a few times with my ping (animas) with no problems. The scanners use radio frequencies which don't affect the pump.

looks like these people are just trying to get attention, or possibly compensation for a non-issue.
 
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Anon123567 responded:
the other thing, with the juice, when youre flying, you have to be prepared. Do some research, find out how much liquids are allowed. If you can have liquid on the plane if you buy it after going though security, then buy juice then.

I always carry glucose tabs, granola bars and a couple of bottles of liquid dex (they are within the allowed amount of liquids in your carry on). You cant just play innocent diabetic, you have to be prepared
 
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mrscora01 responded:
I believe the manufacturers say to not take the pump through the full body scanner. I think it is your responsibility to know about the equipment that your life depends on. I never had any problems going through security (this was in the days before the scanners). I was once asked to take off my pump and I politely refused. I called it an "implanted medical device" and they simply patted me down and swabbed it. No drama, no problems.

Cora
T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
 
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laura2gemini2 replied to mrscora01's response:
My endo as well has told me not to go through the scanners with my pump, especially if I have anything else running with it (ie. CGM or the key fob) because it could mess up the whole thing and I'd be in a mess.

I was asked to take it off while I was on a cruise, but once I told them it was an insulin pump and not a pager they were fine with it.


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