Tips for traveling with your medications

6 Tips for Traveling with Medications

There are a ton of regulations to follow when traveling by plane. Taking your medications with you is a must but following the rules can be confusing. Here is some information to help packing your pills easier when preparing for your flight.

  • 1. You can carry medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts without notifying an officer. They are required to be screened at the check point.
  • 2. Notify an officer if your medications are in liquid form before they are screened.
  • a. Liquid medications of more than 3.4 ounces are allowed in carry-on bags in reasonable quantities for the flight.
  • b. Liquid medications are not required to be in zip lock bags, but they may be subject to additional screening.
  • 3. Medications can be in carry-on or checked baggage. It is recommended that you keep your medication in carry-on baggage in case you need them.
  • 4. TSA does not require medications to be in the prescription bottles, but you need to comply with state laws.
  • 5. Medications are usually X-rayed when screen, but you may request a visual inspection if you prefer. This request must be made before the screening process begins.
  • 6. Nitroglycerin tablets and sprays (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted and have never been prohibited.

Information from Transportation Security Administration (TSA)