A queue full of people greeted me as I approached the end of a long line. I began removing the watch from my wrist, unlooping the belt from my waist, and loosening the clasp on my Medic Alert bracelet. I shoved those items into the front pocket of my satchel. I pulled my wallet out from the front po
Have you had any trouble going through airport security because of your diabetes device?
Insulin pump user Frank set off the alarm making him conscious of his diabetes. Here's his story.
I hate going through the airport. I always beep and always feel scrutinized and judged. It's unnerving and I feel like all eyes are on me as I take my pump and supplies out and security looks over everything a hundred times and asks me numerous questions. My condition is a public display when I go through the airport.
I always tell the TSA agent who is directing the line I'd like a pat down because of my equipment. My CGM is usually on my arm so its easy to point to. They've always been nice about it and very clear about where they're going to touch and what they're going to swab. It's not a long process at all. I only had one instance in France where they recognized my pump but not my CGM but they were cool about it. The agent who spoke English asked me questions about it and explained it to his coworkers and even asked me if I find it helpful because he has family members with diabetes who would probably be interested. No need to feel like a criminal, just explain and let them do their protocol and keep moving. The whole pat down and swabbing process takes less than 3 minutes.
The only time I traveled after 9/11 I asked nicely for my blood glucose scanner and other diabetic supplies not to be xrayed. I was told it could mess up my BGM. So they took me aside after everything else went through and proceeded to test all my diabetic supplies for gun powder residue. Needless to say I was less than impressed.
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