Can Your Bring Your Prescription Drugs On Your Next Flight?

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Can Your Bring Your Prescription Drugs On Your Next Flight?

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RxSaver Editors
By RxSaver Editors
Feb 14, 2018
Can Your Bring Your Prescription Drugs On Your Next Flight?

Preparing for air travel can be stressful. You almost always overpack. You worry about getting to the airport on time. Then you wonder about more personal things like, can you bring prescription drugs on an airplane? The short answer is yes, you can bring prescription drugs on an airplane. There are some qualifiers though and we’re here to walk you through what they are.

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How to prepare for flying with medications

Below you will find a list of common questions and answers to help navigate flying with your prescriptions.

If Your Medication Is in Pill or Solid Form

The TSA says you can take an unlimited amount of medications on an airplane that are in pill form, or solid form. The only request? They will require you to have them screened through normal security procedures before bringing them on your flight.

Do I have to keep my medication in a prescription bottle?

Although the TSA does not require you to keep your medications in a labeled prescription bottle, it does recommend doing so. Certain states also require the labeling of prescription medications. When in doubt, play it safe and travel with medications in clearly labeled prescription containers.

If Your Medications Are In Liquid Form

Liquid, gel, and aerosol medications are exempt from the TSA's 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags. There's no need to place these medications in a zip top bag, but you should remove them from your baggage and declare them to the TSA agent at the start of your security screening. Don't forget to mention accessories and supplies such as freezer packs, syringes, or pumps that are packed alongside medications. These, too, will need special screening procedures.

Should medication be stored in carry-on or checked baggage?

If you’re taking prescription drugs on a plane, officials say you can store them in both carry-on and checked baggage. It is highly recommended that you travel with your medications in your carry-on baggage, in case you need immediate access.

What about passing medications through the X-ray?

When flying with medications, passengers are not required to pass their medications through an X-ray. If you do not want to pass your medications through X-ray, you may be asked for a manual inspection of your prescriptions. Let the TSA agent know if you do not want your medication screened via X-ray so that they can take alternative steps to clear the liquid.

When flying with medications, just remember

When packing medicines for air travel, keep these above things in mind. The last thing you want is to have your prescription disallowed on your flight. By following these simple guidelines, you should have no worries when bringing prescription drugs on a plane.

RxSaver Editors

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