View Full Version : Security and diabetes lancets as hand baggage

16th Aug 2004, 07:36
Has anyone gone through security with those self testing diabetes lancets and if so did you have a problem? The needle of the test kit is minuscule and is no danger to anyone.

Whilst flying longhaul it is sometimes essential to test blood sugar levels.


16th Aug 2004, 10:45
Mrs 27mm is an insulin-dependant diabetic and flies regularly as SLF. She carries all the kit (including lancets and injector pen etc) with her, together with a doctor's letter certifying the necessity for same. She has (to date) never had a problem with security checks, but is always careful to state at check-in her condition and the contents of her kt. Hope this helps.

16th Aug 2004, 10:51
I've never had a problem, but always tell them at check in if I'm carrying them in hand baggage - normally, I take the risk and let the blood testing kit go checked baggage, but I'm not insulin dependent. I've never tried it in the USA, though.

16th Aug 2004, 17:10
In the initial aftermath of 9/11 there were isolated instances of untrained screeners freaking out at the sight of diabetic equipment. (Not to mention one incredible incident in which Nitro heart pills were confiscated as 'explosive' :eek: ).

There will be no problems nowadays, in the unlikely event you get a new/clueless screener, just ask for the supervisor. I don't even bother to tell them what the stuff is any more.

(Above applies to experiences in UK, Europe, N.America, Caribbean)