Traveling through airport security with diabetes devices (with or without #OpenAPS)
tl;dr: Put your #OpenAPS or other artificial pancreas rigs through the x-ray machine; it’s a small computer and a battery.
I travel quite a bit these days, so it’s pretty routine for me to pack up my diabetes gear and backup supplies and whisk away to the airport and the next adventure. In fact, in 2016 I think I went through airport security 44+ times, in several countries. I have never had any issues with my #OpenAPS (DIY hybrid closed loop artificial pancreas) rigs – even when I carry multiples. Here are some tips on what gear should be put where, who should be told what during the security process, and how to further simplify (as much as is possible with diabetes!) the airport security experience when traveling with diabetes.
6 little pancreases went to the airport & had no problems in security, as usual. #OpenAPS #emergencybackuppancreases pic.twitter.com/eFfYru2Ivt
— Dana #hcsm #OpenAPS (@danamlewis) February 14, 2017
A list of diabetes gear you’re probably packing for your trip:
Tape for sites/sensors
Syringes as back up
Depending on the length of your trip, backup pump/transmitter/meter/receiver/etc.
Extra batteries to power your phone for uploading BGs
(Uploader phone if you’re still using an uploader to Nightscout)
Artificial pancreas rig (i.e. #OpenAPS rig, whether that’s a Raspberry Pi or Explorer Board setup, or a Rileylink)
Juice for lows
Out of that list? Here are the only things I would pull out of your bag.
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