Often, we get asked by our clients prior to a trip about carry on medications. We like to refer them to TSA guidelines or translate the information to them, so it is easier for them to understand it. Below are a few recommendations.
* It is not necessary to present your medication to or notify an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form (See next bullet).
* Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
* You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.
* You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.
* TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.
* Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for an inspection instead. This request must be made before any items are sent through the X-ray tunnel. (TSA 2020)
Additionally, here is a short list of travel medications each of our executive protection agents take with them on each trip.
Over the counter Meds:
* Aleve ( or whatever works for you)
* Small band aids
* Small bottle of on hand sanitizer
* Ace bandage or 2. (I carry self adhesive wraps myself)
* Bacitracin (or other antibiotic crème for small cuts or scrapes)
* Sleep aids (some folks carry these do to drastic time zone changes)
* Personal Meds: Any daily medications you may use. Ensure you bring at least 1 week extra just incase you get stuck out of county.
Note: Keep Meds in their original containers. Do not empty them in a bottle all together that is unmarked. This will save you time at Customs keeping the Meds in the same container.
We hope this information is helpful for you the next time you travel.
Secure Options Consulting, LLC
Executive Protection Training Team