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Old May 10, 10, 12:16 pm   #1
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Taking pills (Ibuprofen) through security

Has anybody had any problems taking medicine through the skewrity theater? I need to bring a bottle of Motrin through for headaches that I have been having lately.. I'd rather not have to rely upon the on-board med kit for my drugs
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Shouldnt be a problem as I have carried much stronger drugs and todate havent had any problems. But knowing TSA penchant for dragnetting way beyond there scope of practice anything is possible.
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Thanks! I wonder what they would say if I brought Codine through. I believe it is a Restricted Drug. Perhaps I would have to "voluntarily surrender" it
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you'll be fine

i always carry a small pill bottle with a mix of allergy pills, tylenol and prilosec and have never ever had any issues.
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Thanks! I wonder what they would say if I brought Codine through. I believe it is a Restricted Drug. Perhaps I would have to "voluntarily surrender" it
I do it all the time. I am a mule. I find the best way is to wrap it in two condoms and swallow it.

Joking aside I do it all the time with OTC (Nurofen Plus Ibuprofen+codeine, paracetamol+codeine) and prescription codeine. Never had so much as a glance.
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I always carry ibruprofen or naproxen: sometimes in a branded travel-size bottle, sometimes in a smaller unmarked vial, occasionally in the "single-serving" paper packets. Never had a problem with any of them domestically.

Many years ago (pre-9/11) at a small foreign airport a single pill was taken for "testing" but I was then released. I suspect the 50ish officer mistook light-blue generic naproxen for Viagra. Always wondered how that worked out for him...
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Old May 10, 10, 12:52 pm   #7
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It's been something like 50 flights now, always with a little jar of ibuprofen. It's not the original jar, either. Nobody's ever had a look.
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Your medication and it's purpose are none of the TSA's business. As long as the container is marked in a way to indicate that its medicine, they are forbidden from handling it and you are under no obligation to discuss what it is, what's it's for, where you got it, etc. If they ask you, then ask to see their medical or pharmacy license or authority which grants them the right to diagnose or treat a disease.
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Old May 10, 10, 2:21 pm   #9
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i always carry a small pill bottle with a mix of allergy pills, tylenol and prilosec and have never ever had any issues.
I have been doing this same thing for many years and have never been stopped/questioned/hassled.
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Old May 10, 10, 3:29 pm   #10
 
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Thanks! I wonder what they would say if I brought Codine through. I believe it is a Restricted Drug. Perhaps I would have to "voluntarily surrender" it
Umm anyone found sticking there hands were they dont belong let alone my meds will have LE all over them quicker then they can call Bravo. Having DEA come looking for you is very bad news, as they make a ATF weapons inspection/search look pleasant. I watched them tear apart a fire departments and EMS providers when controlled substances have gone missing or tampered with, and it gets even worse if Scheduled drugs are involved.
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Your medication and it's purpose are none of the TSA's business. As long as the container is marked in a way to indicate that its medicine, they are forbidden from handling it and you are under no obligation to discuss what it is, what's it's for, where you got it, etc. If they ask you, then ask to see their medical or pharmacy license or authority which grants them the right to diagnose or treat a disease.
Easy there. They have every right under the existing rules to inspect it to ensure (to their satisfaction) that it is what you are claiming it is.

Be careful about giving misleading advice.
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Easy there. They have every right under the existing rules to inspect it to ensure (to their satisfaction) that it is what you are claiming it is.

Be careful about giving misleading advice.

You might want to check your position, CITE paragraph and line of laws that back your statements. Despite what TSA thinks they cant dragnet for items that fall WELL outside of there limited scope.
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Easy there. They have every right under the existing rules to inspect it to ensure (to their satisfaction) that it is what you are claiming it is.

Be careful about giving misleading advice.
They can look for WEI all they want. Swabbing the outside of a pill bottle should be enough to clear it for WEI. They really should stay out of the container.
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Easy there. They have every right under the existing rules to inspect it to ensure (to their satisfaction) that it is what you are claiming it is.
I disagree. TSA has the right to make sure it is NOT a WEI. Once they determine it is not a WEI (or even a component a pre-Nobel winning British high school chemist can use to synthesize high explosive or hydrogen bomb in the airplane lav by doing a 4 hour chemistry reaction in 10 min. without proper equipment ) it matters not what it is.

A pill of white powder that is not WEI is NOT going to break down the cockpit door, overpower the crew, and fly the plane into a building listed on Google Earth, in spite of TSA's fears.

Crack, catnip, heroin, foot powder, meth, corn starch, a ground up copy of the Bill of Rights, it DOES NOT MATTER, none of the above are a threat to the safety of the completion of the upcoming flight. Once TSA determines it is not a WEI they are NOT authorized to make sure it is a FDA approved medication at the proper dose and purity. Gold plated tin badges on a blue smurf shirt do not make them LEO or medical doctors or PhD medicinal chemists without a license.

TSA checkpoints, in spite of DHS Homeland Security's desire for them to be so, are NOT "Fourth Amendment-Free Zones". Most importantly, they cannot be allowed to become such or the rest of the Constitution is shredded. IMHO.
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Old May 10, 10, 8:20 pm   #15
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Easy there. They have every right under the existing rules to inspect it to ensure (to their satisfaction) that it is what you are claiming it is.
Don't give the TSA "rights" since they don't have any. They have powers and authorities under the applicable laws; we have rights.

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Be careful about giving misleading advice.
I would hope that no one would confuse hyperbole with advice.

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Has anybody had any problems taking medicine through the skewrity theater? I need to bring a bottle of Motrin through for headaches that I have been having lately.. I'd rather not have to rely upon the on-board med kit for my drugs
There was one rogue report somewhere over a year ago that some TSO commented about the specific nature of a medication a poster here was taking-- there are no reports here of any harassment related to pills on a regular basis nor can I remember any report other than the one I just mentioned. I can add my own experiences to the mix and say that I have never had a comment about my pills anywhere in the world. This includes, depending on the nature of my trip and health at the time, Rx and OTC pills in a pocket pillbox, a 7-day pill-minder and/or in bottles both labeled and/or unlabeled.
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