Preparing for air travel can be stressful as there are many things to take into account, from packing everything to getting to the airport on time, and more. Among many things, the question that whether or not carrying prescription medication on a plane is possible may concern you. The good news is, you can carry them on a plane. However, there are some qualifiers that you must keep in mind. This article will help ensure that you are able to follow all the necessary guidelines when traveling overseas.
Following are some tips for flying with prescription medication:
Have the Medication Screened
According to TSA, you can take any amount of medications on a plane that are in solid or pill form, e.g. CBD pill. However, you are required to have them screened before you bring them on a plane.
Carry Them in Original Labeled Packages
There are no requirements by TSA for keeping your medications in a prescription package. However, keep in mind that certain states have individual laws that require the labeling of prescription medicines. As a passenger, you are required to comply with this qualifier. So, no matter how tempting it may be to store your CBD pill in a poison ring, it is recommended that you carry any prescription medication as well as medical equipment e.g. catheters, needles, syringes, etc. in their original labeled packages.
Pack Them in Your Carry-On Luggage
If you are taking prescription medication on a plane, officials say you can store them in both checked and carry-on baggage. However, unless your prescription medication requires refrigeration, it is recommended that you pack it in your carry-on luggage to minimize loss or theft.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
No matter whether you are carrying a CBD pill or some other prescription medication, be prepared to answer questions at the border crossing and the airport about them. It would also be a good idea to have a doctor’s note and a spare prescription on hand.
Carrying Medications in Liquid Form
You can carry liquid medications in a carry-on bag or even in your poison ring, as long as it is not more than 3.4 ounces. TSA does not have any strict restrictions regarding carrying liquid medications in a zip-top bag. However, keep in mind that you are required to inform the officer that you have medications in liquid form at the start of the screening process.
Passing Medications Through X-Ray
You are not required to pass your prescription medications through an X-ray. However, you will be asked for a manual inspection of your medicines if you do not want to pass them through X-ray. This request must be made before any medications are sent through the X-ray tunnel.
Have a Backup Plan
Be prepared with a backup plan in case your prescription medication is confiscated. Have a doctor’s note as well as the original prescription to facilitate the consultation. It would also be a good idea to have travel medical insurance and check that it will cover confiscated, lost, or stolen medications.
These are some of the guidelines you should follow when packing medicines for air travel. If you follow them correctly, you will have no worries when carrying prescription medication on a plane.