Medicines in hand luggage

The new EU safety regulations for hand luggage in air travel, which now apply to virtually all international flights, often cause misunderstandings, especially when it comes to taking medicines. What should be noted is summarized in the following article.

Drug control at check-in

In order to ensure that there are no problems at check-in, you should note the following: In order to protect passengers against the new danger posed by liquid explosives, the European Union (EU) has adopted new safety regulations. The new rules will apply from 6 November 2006 until further notice at all airports in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. On all flights that start in the EU - even on domestic flights - liquids may only be taken in small quantities through the security check.

These include:

  • Parfums
  • foams
  • deodorants
  • gels
  • Sprays and shampoos
  • Lotions and creams
  • Pastes including toothpaste
  • Oils, mascara
  • Drinks and soups
  • Syrups etc.

The following regulations apply to the products mentioned:

  • All containers up to max. 100 ml capacity must be packed in a transparent, resealable 1 l bag.
  • One bag per passenger.
  • The bag must be completely closed.

Medicines and special food (eg baby food) needed during the flight on board can be transported outside the plastic bag. These items must also be presented at the security checkpoint.

Mark medications

Since delays can never be ruled out, an emergency ration should definitely be included. All medicine packs should be labeled with the name of the patient and the individual dosage information. The labeling is usually carried out in the pharmacy at the consultation - therefore, you should contact his pharmacy in case of queries.

Do not forget medication passport

In addition, it is urgently necessary to take a "medication passport" for prescription drugs. It lists the name, composition and dosage of the drug.

For drugs that fall under the Narcotics Act, there is a corresponding form by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Both forms must be completed and stamped by the doctor. Also in hand luggage, the medication should be stored cool and dry.

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