Yes, when accompanied by injectable medicine, unused syringes are permitted. These things must be declared to the security officer at the checkpoint for scrutiny. You will be asked to show your medication list, and if you have undeclared drugs on it, they will be confiscated.
You should also declare any materials used with needles or syringes such as boxers briefs, socks, or bandages because these items can be used to hide drugs or blood evidence.
Declaring medications is important because certain drugs are prohibited in certain amounts. For example, insulin is a drug used to treat diabetes and is available in different types of formulations including injections, pills, and elixirs. Insulin is toxic if too much of it enters your body so it's important that you don't take more than what has been prescribed to you. If you do, there's a chance that it may cause serious problems for you.
Similarly, codeine is a painkiller used to treat symptoms of pain, fever, cough, and diarrhea. It's commonly found in combination products with acetaminophen (which is also toxic in high doses) so be careful not to take more than what has been prescribed to you.
Is it okay to bring needles or syringes in my checked luggage? There are no particular requirements for placing old or unused syringes in your checked bag, so you can put them in there. There's more to know if you're carrying them on: First, inform the TSA agent that you have them. Then, they must be disposed of in a safe manner (see "What should I do with discarded needles?" below).
The TSA says it's perfectly fine to bring these items in your carry-on bag or handbag. But if you plan to check your bag, it's best to remove any sharp objects from your pocket before putting them in your suitcase.
Here are some other things you should know about needles and syringes:
Needles and syringes must be disposed of properly. The TSA recommends that you throw away used needles and syringes in a trash bin at your airport terminal or elsewhere outside the security screening area. Make sure that such bins are not near any public areas or housing developments where children may find them.
If you don't dispose of your needles and syringes properly, you could be fined $140 by law enforcement officials.
Syringes are very dangerous if not handled properly. If you work with chemicals at home, you probably know how dangerous they are. Needles, too, can be toxic if not handled properly.
Airport personnel may be required to open the containers in order to screen the liquids at the security checkpoint. Medicines, medical equipment, and nutritional needs are all examined independently.
|Allowed in hand luggage||Allowed in hold luggage|
|Tablets and capsules||Yes||Yes|
|Essential liquid medicines||Yes||Yes|
As long as it is screened, you may carry an unlimited amount of medication in tablet or solid form. Medication can be transported in both carry-on and checked luggage. It is strongly advised that you include these goods in your carry-on in case you require rapid access. Medicines should never be left at the airport check-in desk without a safe place to go.
If you are not sure whether or not a drug is allowed by airlines in either your carry-on or checked bag, contact the airline directly. They will be able to tell you if there are any specific regulations for their system and what forms of medications are acceptable. For example, some carriers prohibit liquids in carry-on bags but allow tablets to be carried in them. Others may have different requirements. You should know the rules up front so there are no surprises when you arrive at the airport.
Some medications must be kept out of reach of children. If you are unsure about any particular drug, check its packaging to see if there are any special instructions regarding carrying it. Many medications can be safely carried with you on the plane provided they are not in liquid form and aren't stored in the bathroom van under the sink.
If you are traveling with a group, try to arrange things so that only one person needs to take medication per flight. This way you can avoid having to split up your drugs between multiple bags.