My husband and I take prescription medications - do they need to be in their original bottles...

My husband and I take prescription medications - do they need to be in their original bottles/packages or may we carry them in our carry-ons?
Nancy asked this question 3 years ago
  • Southwest Airlines • 99 answers • 89% helpful

    Hello Nancy, The only prescription medications that would have to be in their original bottles are medications that are in liquid form and are over 3.4 oz. If you have any medications like that you would need to keep them in their original bottle with the prescription label that has either yours or your husband's name on it. There are no restrictions for pills and capsules. You may carry them on in any type of bottle or packaging in your carry on bags. So no worries, have a nice trip!!

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  • Southwest Airlines • 64 answers • 100% helpful

    Passengers are allowed to bring medications in pill or other solid form through security screening checkpoints in unlimited amounts, as long as they are screened. TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.

    Passengers should inform officers of medications and separate them from other belongings before screening begins. Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for an inspection instead. This request must be made before screening begins.

    The passenger will be responsible for displaying, handling, and repacking the medication if an inspection is requested. If the medication cannot be cleared visually, it will need to be X-rayed and may be subject to additional screening, including explosive trace detection screening.

    The above is correct...for further information, visit www.tsa,gov and see
    Traveler Information - Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

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