I'm a newly-diagnosed diabetic and while I'm incredibly compliant with the guidelines, it's easy because I lead a pretty predictable life. I've just learned that I'll be unexpectedly traveling by air to Philadelphia next week, and am concerned about what I don't know that I don't know
. I'm not concerned about the oral meds, but there are two items in my kit about which I'm unsure of TSA procedures:
1) The blood testing kit includes a small meter, testing strips and an Accu-Chek Multi-Clix tube/pen thingie with self-enclosed lancets in a sort of tiny plastic bullet contraption. The lancets are not exposed. I can barely get blood out of my own fingers with it, so there's no potential for accidental or really even purposeful danger.
2) An insulin pen (that looks much like a Sharpie) with separate 6m 31 gauge pen needles (which come in individual, sealed packages
, which look much like miniature creamer containers)
I'm not particularly worried about the flight out; my local airport is small, security runs smoothly and I'll have plenty of time. I am more concerned with going through security when returning from Philadelphia.
I'd appreciate any advice regarding preferred ways of presenting these items to the TSA in order to limit frustration, manhandling or delays. Any other advice for an experienced traveler inexperienced with diabetes would we welcome. Thanks in advance.