Standard Policy for Insulin Pumps at Airport Security
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Hospitals and insulin pump manufacturers advise that the electromagnetic radiation used by x-ray screening for carry-on or checked luggage and full-body airport scanners may interfere with the motors of insulin pumps resulting in a potential impact on insulin delivery.
Our aim is for airport security officers to recognise that insulin pumps are medical devices that should NOT go through x-ray machines or full-body airport scanners and should be subject to alternative security screening (for example via a wand inspection to test for traces of explosives) and that failure to do so could swiftly cause medical consequences.
You can read about my families experience which compelled me to start this campaign as well as our timeline here:
As a direct result of our campaign, Airports Council International (ACI) published a full-page article called “Best practice for screening of insulin pumps” in their December 2016 issue of World Report. The Report was sent to their 592 members operating 1,853 airports in 173 countries. See article.
Nina Brooks, Head of Security at ACI World successfully presented our issue to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in May 2017 which advises on global standards and recommended practices. Updated guidance material was included in the 10th edition of ICAO’s Security Manual (Doc8973) released in September 2017.
Further reading related to our campaign:
We are still receiving messages from insulin pump users (all over the world) who have had poor experiences at airport security (see comments section). Therefore I have put together a PDF for you to take when travelling which I hope will help to clarify the situation and alleviate stress.
We advise that passengers show airport security personnel this document along with medical confirmation from their practitioner so that screening may be undertaken accordingly.
Please keep sharing this petition on social media as the comments section enables me to approach individual airports that are not adhering to the correct protocols.
I am continuing both the petition and my dialogue with relevant airports and associations to spread awareness so that we can achieve our ultimate goal of all insulin pump users having a STRESS FREE and SAFE experience at airport security all around the world.
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