I'm not all the crazy about flying, so the fact that I made it all the way to California last week was quite an accomplishment. I guess it's not the actual act of flying that makes me the most nervous. It's more the stress of the things leading up to flying. Getting all of my supplies packed and ready. Getting to the airport on time. Getting through security.
Oh yes, getting through security. That's extremely stressful when you are "part bionic". The sharp pointy stuff in the carry on. (This time I'm referring to diabetes supplies, as well as knitting needles.) All that "hardware" attached to my body. It always makes me nervous. The security personnel have an important and tough job and I want to make things as easy as possible for them, as well as for myself.
Luckily, I was whisked right through without a problem (although Pea was stopped both times, imagine that!). Here's what worked for me.
I packed all of my diabetes supplies in one big Zip-Loc bag. Infusion sets, wipes, sensors, lancets, test strips, insulin, inserters . . . you name it, it was in there. My insulin had my prescription printed on the box. I removed this bag from my carry-on and placed it in a bin to go through the scanner.
Then, I turned my CGM off but left the transmitter and sensor taped on. I removed my pump and put it in my purse for the ride through the scanner. The whole process took only a few minutes, so my pump was off for less time than it takes me to shower. There was no impact on my blood sugars, and no alarms from the metal detector.
Once through security, I gathered my things, connected my pump and turned the CGM back on. Easy as pie. I know some people prefer to keep their pump on while going through security, and I've heard they may or may not set off the metal detectors. As with most things regarding diabetes, you have to decide what works best for you.
Now if we could just do something about those bumpy airplane landings . . .