For the most part, air travel involves dealing with one hassle after another. Whether it’s going to and from the airport or dealing with other unruly or unreasonable passengers on your flight, it’s usually not a very pleasant experience.
But there are things you can do to at least make some parts of the process a little smoother. This includes knowing what to do when bring your prescription medication through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Here’s what to keep in mind when packing and traveling.
How to travel with prescription drugs in your hand luggage
Not only is it possible to travel with prescription drugs in your carry-on, it’s recommended (just in case you need immediate access). In reality, TSA regulations indicate that travelers are allowed to bring their medication in pill or solid form “in unlimited quantities” as long as they are checked. (We’ll move on to liquids in a minute.) And unless you’re traveling with liquid medication, you’re under no obligation to tell (or show) a TSA officer that you have prescriptions in your carry-on baggage.
Like everything else in your carry-on baggage, prescription drugs are checked using an x-ray. But if you don’t want your medicine to be x-rayed, you can request a visual inspection. Remember to do this before your bag enters the tunnel.
How to travel with liquid medications
If your prescription drugs are in liquid form, you allowed to bring it with you in a purse-even if it exceeds the 3.4 ounces generally allowed (and as long as it is a “reasonable amount”). The same rules apply to nitroglycerin spray. Plus, you don’t need to put liquid prescriptions in a zippered bag.
The main difference is that you To do must inform the TSA officer that you are traveling with liquid prescription medication at the start of the screening process. Also, keep in mind that the liquid medicine will be subject to additional control, including asking you to open the container.
Do prescriptions have to be in their original bottle?
While the TSA itself does not require passengers travel with their prescription drugs in their original bottles, some states do. Make sure you check the rules of all the states you travel to or through which you travel, and take the necessary steps to comply with them.
But regulations aside, clinical pharmacist Danielle Tawiah, PharmD, recommends keeping all prescriptions in the bottle they arrived in on a trip.
“[The original container] a description of the pill, the quantity, the date filled in, your address and your full name, so that we will know that it is not a fake ”, Tawiah told The Points Guy. “Also, if you keep medication in a pill organizer or medication keychain, it would be best to fill the box once you reach your destination to be easily identified. ”