FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

Carriage of Medication - Can I take my medication on board the aircraft?

Should I take my medication in my hand luggage?
You should carry essential medication in your hand luggage, to avoid the risk of being left without your medication if your hold baggage is delayed or lost. You should also take a copy of your prescription, or a letter from your doctor giving details of your medication, in case you need to get a further supply while you are away.

Are there any restrictions on the medication I can take with me?
Some countries have rules that limit what medication can be taken into the country and this may include common medication that you could buy at a pharmacy in the UK. For example, medication that contains codeine cannot be taken into certain countries in the Middle East. In addition, many countries have restrictions on the carriage of ‘controlled drugs’. You can usually find information about any restrictions on the Government website for the country you are visiting.

Additional information may be found at: Direct.gov

Can I take my liquid medication on board the aircraft?
Normally passengers may only take liquids past the security search point provided that they are in containers which hold not more than 100 ml. All liquids containers must be put in one transparent and re-sealable bag, which must not be larger than one litre in volume (approximately 20cm x 20cm). Suitable bags are usually available at the airport before you go through security.

You will usually only be able to fit about five 100ml containers into a bag of this size. If you are not able to fit all of your essential medicines, including inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs, into the bag, or if they are supplied in containers larger than 100ml, you may still be allowed to carry these in your hand baggage.

Before your trip you will need to:

• Contact the airline to make sure that they know that you will be carrying extra liquids and to check if they have any extra requirements.
• It is also advisable to check if the airport you are flying from has any extra requirements. There is often advice about this on the airport website. Don’t forget to check the requirements for the airport you will be returning from and any other airports you will be stopping at during your journey.
• Take supporting information such as a letter from your doctor or your prescription with you. You may need to show this to the security staff at the airport.
• Additional security screening may be required for medicines in bottles or containers larger than 100ml. You may be asked to taste the medicine or it may be passed through the X-ray scanner in a separate tray.

Remember to take only what you need for your journey in your hand baggage. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine can go in your hold baggage.

Additional information may be found at: Direct.gov

My medication needs to be kept cool. Can I put it in a refrigerator on the aircraft?
Many aircraft either do not have refrigerators or have chiller cabinets which are cooled by ‘dry ice’ and are unsuitable for storage of medication such as insulin. The chiller cabinets and refrigerators are intended for storage of food only and most airlines will not allow medication to be stored in them.

If your medication does normally need to be kept cool, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about how best to store it during your journey. Most modern insulins can safely be kept at room temperature for a period.

Additional information may be found at: Diabetes.org

Can I carry other medical equipment and supplies including needles and syringes in my hand baggage?
Essential medical equipment that you may need to use during your journey, including hypodermic syringes and needles, can be carried in your hand baggage. These items may need to be checked separately at the airport security.

You should only carry the equipment you will need during the journey in your hand baggage. The extra supplies that you will need during your time away from home should normally be carried in your hold baggage.

Before your trip you will need to:

• Contact the airline to make sure that they know that you will be carrying the medical supplies and equipment and to check if they have any additional requirements.
• It is also advisable to check if the airport you are flying from has any additional requirements. There is often advice about this on the airport website.<

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Electrically powered medical equipment - Can I take my electrically powered medical equipment in my hand baggage?
  2. Travel Insurance - Do I need to obtain travel insurance for my trip?
  3. What is the risk of contagious disease (an infection that may be passed from one person to another) when flying?
  4. Nut Allergy - I have a nut allergy, am I at risk while travelling by air?
  5. Pregnancy - I am pregnant, is it safe for me to travel by air?
  6. Diabetes - I have diabetes, is there any special advice for diabetic people who wish to travel by air?
  7. Fear of Flying - I am very nervous at the thought of using air travel as a form of transport. Is there any treatment for my fear of flying and what causes it?
  8. Recent Surgery - I have recently had surgery. Are there any restrictions when travelling by air?
  9. Respiratory Disease - I have a lung condition which makes me breathless sometimes. Am I liable to have problems on an airplane?
  10. Disinsection - Is the spraying of aircraft cabins (disinsection) carried out on some flights harmful to health?
  11. Oxygen - I have been told that I require oxygen for my flight. Can I take my own supply?
  12. Anaemia - I suffer from anaemia and wonder if this would be a problem when flying.
  13. Ear Pain - I notice that I frequently get ear pain when travelling by air, what causes this and what can I do about it?
  14. Security scanners - Are airport security scanners safe?
  15. Security scanners - Are the whole-body scanners safe?
  16. Security scanners - Can medical equipment such as heart pacemakers or insulin pumps be affected by security scanners?
  17. Heart Conditions - I have a heart condition; will I be able to travel by air?
  18. Contact Lenses - I wear contact lenses. What is the advice about wearing lenses during my flight and is there any guidance for taking lens solution on board the aircraft?
  19. DVT - Am I at risk of a blood clot when flying?
  20. Dry eyes and skin - After a long flight, why do my eyes and my skin feel dry?
  21. Jet Lag - What is Jet Lag and how can it be treated?
  22. Seat Pitch - The seats appear to be closer together these days on many flights. What regulations apply?
  23. Carriage of Medication - Can I take my medication on board the aircraft?
  24. Defibrillators - Is it compulsory for airlines to carry a defibrillator on an aircraft?
  25. Sleep Apnoea - I suffer from sleep apnoea; can I take my Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine on board the aircraft as hand luggage for use in the aircraft cabin?
  26. Cabin Air Quality - What is the quality of air on board an aircraft?
  27. Infections - Why do I always pick up an infection after I have travelled in an aircraft?
  28. Vaccinations - I am travelling abroad, will I need vaccinations prior to travel?
  29. Malaria - Is it still a problem these days?
  30. Psychiatric Condition - I have a psychiatric condition, which requires me to take medication and I worry that air travel may worsen my condition or that I may not be able to travel.
  31. Reduced Mobility - I have reduced mobility and wish to travel by air. Where can I find more information about my rights to assistance during my journey and will I need a medical certificate?
  32. Plaster Cast - If I have a broken limb with a plaster cast on, can I still fly?