Navigating Airport Security with an Insulin Pump and/or Sensor

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado Denver , Aurora, Colorado.
Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (Impact Factor: 2.11). 10/2012; 14(11). DOI: 10.1089/dia.2012.0220
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    • "For customs, carriage of medication in original packaging is advised along with a letter from the prescribing physician. Airport security X-ray machines are not considered harmful to insulin itself, but these or airport body scanners might damage insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors, which should be removed and checked manually (Cornish and Chase, 2012). Security now commonly requires separate manual presentation of liquids to staff for examination. "
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