Posted September 27th, 2006, 01:11 PM
We just got back from a cruise where we had to fly. YES, put RX meds in the original bottles. If you have OTC drugs then keep them in the original bottles OR pack them in checked luggage. DO NOT PACK your RX meds in checked luggage, carry them with you. Most pharmacies will be able to give you a smaller bottle/container and a RX on it for the meds you take/purchase from them. That way you can take just what you need plus a couple extra and fill out your pill containers once on board the ship. That's what we did.
On our flight to the cruise, my meds were questioned and I also had to produce ID showing that the name on the bottle agreed with the name on my ID. So if your legal ID shows Elizabeth and your RX shows Betty (nickname) then they can take the meds away from you. I put my RX meds in a platic zip lock bag in my purse. That way when we got to the security check, I could just pull them out and put in the bin next to my purse. Same for my hubby, he carried his RX meds in a plastic zip lock and put that in a fanny pack.
Here's an update on the TSA site:
News & Happenings
Agency Adjusts Liquid Ban, Aviation Threat Level Remains High
Effective Tuesday, September 26, TSA Is Adjusting The Ban On Liquids, Aerosols And Gels
There are two major changes:
- Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
- After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.
At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
In addition, larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening.
It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.
This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.
Travel Tips To Make Your Screening Experience Hassle-free
- The secret to getting through security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This lets our Transportation Security Officers get a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on.
- When possible, keep packing liquids in checked baggage. You will get through security faster.
- Limit quantities to what is needed for the duration of the flight.
Items purchased in the secure boarding are for use on the immediate flight. If you must leave the secure boarding area and re-enter through the screening checkpoint, items exceeding 3 ounces that are not in the zip-top bag will again be prohibited.
The ban on liquids, aerosols and gels was implemented on August 10 after a terrorist plot was foiled. Since then, experts from around the government, including the FBI and our national labs have analyzed the information we now have and have conducted extensive explosives testing to get a better understanding of this specific threat. These changes are intended to enhance security and balance human needs because we have a better understanding of the threat and security risks associated with liquids, aerosols and gels.
In addition, TSA will be enhancing security measures throughout the airport environment – more random screening of employees, additional canine patrols, stronger air cargo security measures, more rigorous identity verification, deploying more trained security officers in bomb appraisal, and screening by observation technique.
Know What To Expect
Make your screening experience as smooth as possible. Select a video to help you understand the screening process.
Step-By-Step Screening (WMV 3 MB)
Female business traveler (WMV 3 MB)
Male business traveler (WMV 3 MB)
Traveling with a baby or small child (WMV 3 MB)
Travelers with special needs (WMV 3 MB)