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Old Aug 15, 06, 1:10 am   #1
 
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Asthma Inhaler - are they banned?

Travelling AKL-SYD-SFO and beyond on Thurs - just wondering if anyone has had an experience of whether or not asthma inhalers containing a liquid inhalation (ie, albuterol) are banned at present? I am away from home and have no way of getting a prescription saying I need this. thanks all for any help.

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Old Aug 15, 06, 1:31 am   #2
 
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I had no problems at LAX and proof of prescription wasn't asked for. At check in , I was given a plastic bag to put it in and advised to present it to the TSA (who didn't have a problem with it).

Edited to add: I took a salbutamol aerosol on board.
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Glad to hear that it didn't cause any problems. I plan on taking an advair/albuterol with me next week and I was getting kind of worried. Or maybe it's also luck of the draw with the TSA professional.
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Scrips with your name on it, matching your ID, are specifically NOT banned.
As of 8-13, even OTC drugs are not banned, in up to 4 oz quantitites.
TSA has a post on the web with details. Some airports, e.g. RDU, have posted printouts/photocopies of it all over the place. Heh, RDU had them posted in the parking deck yesterday. Nice job.
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They thought I was carrying a gun

Coming back from MCO last October, I was detained at the security check where they xray your carry-on stuff. They went through one of my bags, taking everything in and out a couple of times, and then sent it back through the machine.

Found out 20 mins later they thought they had seen the silhouette of a small pistol. Turned out it was my albuterol inhaler.
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Scrips with your name on it, matching your ID, are specifically NOT banned.
My inhalers always come in a box that has the scrip printed on it. I either throw the box away or shove it in a drawer somewhere but the inhaler itself doesn't have a scrip on it. Good to know there's no problem flying with these since I'd never be able to prove it's a prescription medicine.
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Old Aug 15, 06, 8:27 am   #7
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The best and appropriate forum for these Qs. is Travel Safety/Security and I'll move it there for discussion. Ocn Vw 1K, Co-Mod, TravelBuzz
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My inhalers always come in a box that has the scrip printed on it. I either throw the box away or shove it in a drawer somewhere but the inhaler itself doesn't have a scrip on it. Good to know there's no problem flying with these since I'd never be able to prove it's a prescription medicine.
Same here. I'm not yet convinced there's not going to be a problem.

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Old Aug 15, 06, 10:08 am   #9
 
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Travelling AKL-SYD-SFO and beyond on Thurs - just wondering if anyone has had an experience of whether or not asthma inhalers containing a liquid inhalation (ie, albuterol) are banned at present? I am away from home and have no way of getting a prescription saying I need this. thanks all for any help.

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Inhalers are allowed. They were not at first, but CNN reported todat that a woman at Heathrow airport had hers taken and then she had an asthma attack at the gate. The paramedics had to come, the flight got delayed...yadda yadda. So due to this almost death caused by the continuing stupidity of TSA (which also restricts jeely donuts (not glazed) and bagels With Cream Cheese (not plain) they now allow inhalers.
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Actually, it's not the TSA at LHR . Personally, I'm glad I started my trip the day before all this started; had I been refused my salbutomol, I would have had to refuse to get on the plane. I've managed without my medication for 24+ hours at a time but always need it several time in a long haul flight (indeed, in any air conditioned enviroment).
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Inhalers. Can you have them hand checked by TSA?

Their website offers no directive.

The TSO at one airport said yes, and did the hand check, then on the return flight another insisted it be placed in X-Ray.

So I have no resources for an official answer.
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My asthma-related inhalers have never, ever attracted any attention at any airport anywhere.

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Just in case TSA or foreign checker have an issue with my inhaler, I keep the box with the scrip label with me. I just undo all the flaps and carry it flat. Takes no space in my bag. Same with my Epi-pen box. It would be my luck to forget the box one day and have a TSA clerk on a power trip try to force me to "voluntarily surrender" my inhaler or Epi-pen :-)
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I do the flat box routine as well.

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Just in case TSA or foreign checker have an issue with my inhaler, I keep the box with the scrip label with me. I just undo all the flaps and carry it flat. Takes no space in my bag. Same with my Epi-pen box. It would be my luck to forget the box one day and have a TSA clerk on a power trip try to force me to "voluntarily surrender" my inhaler or Epi-pen :-)
I put the meds in a separate Zippy Bag and have them in the top of my pile of stuff in the TSA bin. No issues, ever.

Recently a TSA person told me that it would be OK for my meds to be in my carry on bag....'less likely to be stolen'. Yikes!
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I put the meds in a separate Zippy Bag and have them in the top of my pile of stuff in the TSA bin. No issues, ever.

Recently a TSA person told me that it would be OK for my meds to be in my carry on bag....'less likely to be stolen'. Yikes!
I have never removed them -- and never been challenged or hassled about it.

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