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CWD travelling alone (well, with his brother...)

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by caspi, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. caspi

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    We are contemplating sending the boys to Florida to visit my sister by airplane. Cameron is 12 - older non-D brother is 15. Do airlines even allow a minor with a health condition to travel without an adult?

    Any info/suggestions/etc. you can give me would be greatly appreciated! :)
     
  2. JeremysDad

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    Be sure they take a doctors note confirming T1D. Take all medications and supplies in original boxes with original prescriptions on them. Do not put any supplies (insulin, pen needles etc) in their checked luggage. Call the airline and let them know that your son has T1 and will be traveling on their airline. They will then have it on record in case there is a problem.

    I have a good friend who works for the FAA. I will forward your question to him and will reply once I have his answer.
     
  3. caspi

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    Thanks for the info and thanks for anything else you can find out!! :cwds:
     
  4. NicksMother

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    My son was 16 yrs. old when he traveled to Austria. He carried all his suppies in his carry on. There were no issues getting through security either on the way there or the way home. You can find information at tsa.gov about traveling with a medical condition. We did the things JeremysDad suggested such as original percription containers and a letter from Endo (they never looked at it). He took glucose tabs so he didn't have to try to get juice through security (even though it is allowed for people with Type 1.)
     
  5. JeremysDad

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    Here is a response from a friend of mine who works for the Department of homeland security (not the FAA as originally posted)
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    What an adult can do is to ask at the ticket counter for a "Gate Pass". These can be issued by the airline ticket agent at the ticket counter in order to accompany minor children to the boarding gate. Each accompanying adult must have a current government issued photo ID to provide to the ticket counter person to get run through the new secure flight computer security vetting process before being issued the pass. The checkpoint will have to rule out the presence of any explosives in or on the diabetic pumps, insulin, needles, etc. so they will probably check the equipment by swiping it with explosive trace detection swabs and putting the swabs in the explosives trace detection machine. The machine result will come up negative (of course) and you should be fine. An accompanying parent present to explain any issues will help. The other thing one can do is telephone the TSA (not the FAA) at the originating airport and ask to speak with the screening manager. Do not ask for a supervisor, ask for a manager. Explain the issue and get instruction from the manager. TSA is a division of the Department of Homeland Security so it should be in the federal government section of the phone book. Finally, the best advice I can give is to go to the website for the TSA at www.tsa.gov. One can find guidance on what is allowed through the checkpoints and what is not. It does not hurt to inform the airline as you suggested, however, the TSA screeners do not get this information from the airlines and would have no advance knowledge of this. As far as airlines allowing minors to travel without adults, I am of the "opinion" to not say anything at all. It is not the airline's business what the health status of a passenger is unless that passenger is a carrier of a highly infectious disease (flu, TB, etc.) Then it is the individual passenger's personal responsibility not to put other innocent people in harm's way. But that is just my opinion. I do not know the exact specific screening protocol rules as I regulate the air operators (airlines) and the airport regarding transportation security matters.
     
  6. bgallini

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    I don't think it would be a problem. But I'd call the airline you are thinking of using and ask them, explaining that his brother is trained to care for him and you just want an escort for unattended minors (or whatever those people are called).

    If you search this site, you can find all sorts of info about how people deal with TSA and D supplies. Alex has never had a problem with TSA.
     
  7. caspi

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    Thanks for the info! I'm going to call the airline tomorrow and take it from there. I am sure I will have more questions in the weeks coming! Thanks again, everyone!! :cwds:
     

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