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 Post subject: epi-pens on airplanes
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:44 am 
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Prior to learning the severity of my daughter's allergy we took a couple of family vacations on airplanes. Now that she has an epi-pen, the whole concept scares me.

Does anybody know if epi-pens are allowed on the airplane, not in your luggage, but can you carry them on?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:56 am 
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Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
Yes, Epipens are allowed on airplanes because they are life saving medication. Check with your doctor how many you should carry with you. Always keep them on you. Never pack them away in your luggage. Make sure you notify the airline in advance.

There is great info here: http://www.anaphylaxis.org/content/livi ... l_safe.asp

My son has flown twice and the Epipen has never been an issue. The first time he flew, I got the medical letter of explanation but he has never been asked for it, even when going through security. As long as the Epipen is a prescription with the allergic person's name on it, it is OK. However, for peace of mind (like I did), I got the letter also. There is a form letter here: http://www.anaphylaxis.org/content/livi ... l_sept.asp but my son's allergist had his own form letter. And he didn't even charge me. :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:55 am 
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Storm,

Thanks, you are a wealth of information!


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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 12:21 am 
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Hi Storm
Thanks for the tip on getting a letter for travelling on the airplane with and epi-pen. We are going to UK and Spain with our two girls who both have severe allergies. So this is just one more thing to help with the process. Cheers.


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