Preparing for air travel can be stressful. You almost always overpack. You worry about getting to the airport on time. Then you wonder more personal things like, can you bring prescription drugs on an airplane? 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.
Furthermore, we have broken the categories out into what common questions air travelers have, like how to handle medications that are in a “pill or solid form.” Let’s begin.
Four tips for flying with medications
1. Your medication is in pill or solid form
TSA says you can actually take an unlimited amount of medications on an airplane that are in pill or solid form. The only request? They will require you to have them screened, before bringing them on an airplane.
Do I have to keep my medication in a prescription bottle?
TSA does not require you to keep your medications in a prescription bottle. Certain states do have individual laws that require the labeling of prescription medication. Passengers need to comply with this qualifier.
2. Medications in liquid form
Medications are allowed to be placed in carry-on bags, as long as it is not in excess of 3.4 ounces. TSA does not require medical liquids in a zip-top bag. That being said, you are required to tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process.
3. 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.
4. Passing medications through X-ray
When flying with medications, passengers are not required to pass their medications through X-ray. Although, if you do not want to pass your medications through X-ray, you will be asked for a manual inspection of your prescriptions. Before any medications are sent through the X-ray tunnel, this request must be made.
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.
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