These days, it seems like the rules about what you can and can’t take on board the plane are constantly changing. Make sure you know what you may take onto the plane, in your hand luggage and even in your checked baggage.
In case you were wondering, you can take a (cooked or chilled, live, not so much…) turkey in either your carry-on (good luck with carrying it!) or in your checked bags!
While an increasing number of people are traveling with electric wheelchairs, those with wet cell batteries (which contain a liquid electrolyte) may not be accepted on-board. Check well ahead of time so you can make alternative arrangements, including renting equipment at your destination.
Remember, you can always check out accessibleGO’s directory of Trip Resources for equipment rentals in major U.S. cities.
Keep all your meds in a separate, easy-to-reach pocket or bag in your hand luggage to make the screening process simple. Store liquids in a plastic zip-top bag so they can easily be checked and screened. It is also worthwhile labeling any accessories associated with liquid medication, such as syringes, ice packs, gel packs, IV bags or pumps. Don’t worry about exceeding the 3.4-ounce (100 millimeters) maximum for liquids. The rule doesn’t apply to medications, but it does apply to gravy, so if you must have your homemade recipe even when you travel, put it in your bag to avoid confiscation!
Check out the TSA information for disabilities and medical conditions to find out more.
Depending on your needs and journey, it might be worthwhile discussing the trip with your doctor before you fly. They could help with medication for a long flight and give you advice about medication and facilities at the other end.
Ask your doctor in good time for an official letter outlining your condition, medications, potential complications, special needs and any other relevant information in case of emergency. Make sure you have a number where your physician can be reached.