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Traveling with medicines takes some extra planning. This is especially true if you travel by plane. Medications may need additional screening in airport security. However, passengers should be able to bring all prescribed medicines and medical supplies onto the airplane.
To make travel easier, review travel guidelines for medications ahead of time. Arrive to the airport early. Have written documentation from your doctor about the medical condition and needed medicines.
When traveling on long flights, be aware of time zones. You might need to adjust your medication schedule. Also, plan for meals if medicines need to be taken with food.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) limits the amount of liquids you can bring onto a flight in your carry-on luggage to 3.4 ounces (100 mL). Some medical items do not have to follow this rule.
Medical liquids allowed in a carry-on bag include:
Call the TSA Cares helpline: 1-855-787-2227.
Contact TSA passenger support for help with the security screening process for persons with disabilities and medical conditions.
Reviewed: January 2020