new to insulin and gonna fly soon
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May 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm #1681ClandioughParticipant
I started pumping not about a year ago and basically I feel okay about this, but I have some questions about flying with pump that have never done before and I’m not sure that I’m generally informed about such situation. Currently I’m going to fly only domestically because of work and I would like to be informed as much as possible about this. Can you help me with some advices?May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm #1683KermanParticipant
I have flown many times with a pump and generally there is nothing to be aware of. During the flight there is no pain or any other discomfort that it can provide. The only problem that you can meet is during the security area. Generally before the flight if you want to be sure and to be relaxed about the pump is to ask your doctor to write you a confirmation about pump usage and what it is supposed to be used for. Doctors usually write about your condition and describe the pump that you use. Your pump can’t go through the x-ray even though be sure that if you’ll pass just between the metal detectors it wouldn’t show any alert. The x-ray is something that isn’t recommended for us. I don’t know what the matter is but it will be better to avoid such actions. In the airport you can find different options of actions in case of people that use the pump.. In the UK airport for example I have been supposed to take it off in order to pass through the x-ray but this depends on the people that ask you to do this. The same airport some years about allowed me be controlled by a person by the same gender in order avoid the x-ray. I think that generally it will be okay to talk with your healthcare team and to explain about the flight, it cost nothing to require an confirmation from your doctor about the pump usage, and it will be better to announce the security team at the airport about your health problems, to show the confirmation from your doctor and to pass the most simple control without including x-ray. Usually doctors write about this in the note that they concern to you and security team take it in consideration, trust me they aren’t allowed to do what is harmful for your health. Another thing that I would recommend is to take insulin with you in case if the pump will be defected. I have never experienced this before, but I have heard from some people that they have passed through this with defected pump during the flight. I don’t want to scare you or something but I would like you to know in case of some circumstances. I always carry with me some additional insulin and I feel more save.May 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm #1685DonCSungParticipant
I have never been asked to take of any part from my pump. The thing is that I have always flown with my pump and without any letter requirement from my doctor. I have heard from somebody that actually they don’t have to ask for any letter because they are about how an insulin pump looks and what is used for. I have flown some years ago and I have had some troubles because they didn’t wanted me to pass with my pump because they couldn’t pass me through x-ray, I was so mad and I created some huge problems out there. I was really mad and started to yell at them because of the unfair behavior. Later after approximately 10 minutes they called the doctor that is supposed to be in airport for pump confirmation… That’s why I think that you shouldn’t be afraid about missing the doctor’s letter. In case if they don’t what to pass you because of the pump you are allowed to ask for the airport doctor to control you as well as to be controlled by the same gender airport custom house officer. The letter that you can have from your doctor is just facilitation in order to pass through all the security controls without difficulties.May 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm #1686beinaeParticipant
I always use to fly from America to Europe, and I have never had troubles during the security process. They have never asked me to disconnect it and actually I have never had any kind of letter of note from my doctor. The only thing that differentiates you from other ordinary people that doesn’t have the pump is the fact that the security control takes a little longer than usually. I think that there is nothing to be afraid of. What about the flight never had troubles during this and I don’t feel any differences.May 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm #1687ClandioughParticipant
Well thank you; this is enough for me as information. I was generally interested about the doctor note, because I thought that it is supposed to be compulsory. I still don’t know what to decide about this but I think that in order to pass without any stress I’m going to ask for a letter, at least for the first time to see if I need it and I’ll ask them personally about all the actions to take in order to avoid any problems. Thank you for the flight description, I always was sure that something changes during the flight, I have some friends that told me that during the plane take-off he feels weird a strange sensation near the place where the pump is positioned, hope that he is wrong and that this is not something that happens usually.May 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm #1690RuckmanParticipant
I have had just one trouble with my pump during the flight and I think that everyone should know this. If you have a pump that receives Bluetooth from your tester it is supposed to be switched off. There is nothing to worry about especially because you know that the glucose can be reading manually. The only negative experienced that I have had during the flight was the thing that during the take-off and during the landing I have experienced some pressure, I think because of the extra insulin that is pushed through, which can make you experience some hypo. This happened to me just once and I have never experienced this before. I think that I just have done something wrong before the flight which caused this.
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