Can I Bring My Medicine Without the Bottle on the Plane?

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One of the most searched for answers travelers look up is “Am I able to travel with medication?” The answer is YES, however there are some qualifiers that go along with that. Here are a few tips to help you out on your travels.

  • TSA does not make you present your medication, nor notify any officers about your medication you’re traveling with unless it’s in liquid form.
  • Medication that does come in liquid form is allowed to be in your carry-on bag, in an excess of 3.4 ounces, in reasonable quantities for your flight. It is not necessary to put your medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. But, you must tell the officer you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the checkpoint screening processes.
  • Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that may include being asked to open the medication container.
  • You ARE able to bring your medication in both pill and solid form in an unlimited amount, as long as it’s screened.
  • You are able to travel with your medication both in your carry-on bag and checked baggage. However, it’s recommended that you place these items in your carry-on in case you need immediate access to them.
  • TSA doesn’t require passengers to have their medicine in any prescription bottles, but some states do have individual laws that regard the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers do need to comply.
  • All medication is screened by the X-ray machine. However, if a passenger asks for a visual inspection of their medication instead, this is also allowed.
  • Nitroglycerin spray and tablets (which are used to help in treating episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease are permitted and never have been prohibited)

Hopefully this list helps you on your next flight. Safe travels!

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