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Can I take prescription medications on the plane in a pill organizer without the bottles?

Can I take prescription medications on the plane in a pill organizer without the bottles?
Kathy asked this question 9 months ago
  • mdtb1228

    I have a variey of professional expierence mostly surronding customer service in many different industries.

    You are able to, however, it is good to have a copy of your rx so you dont have any issues. Security is handled by TSA.

    Per TSA website:
    We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.

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  • OnTheFly

    I am an Analyst with 6 yrs of airline industry experience in reservations, check in , boarding process,...

    Yes , Here is the information from TSA website.

    TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection.
    We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.

    You may carry non-medically necessary liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on bags only if they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces or less; stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; 1 zip-top bag per person. Larger amounts of non-medicinal liquids, gels, and aerosols must be placed in checked baggage.

    Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.

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  • Ms Farm

    Over 25 years in the Travel Industry. Over 30 years of Accounting. 10 years of Collections. 15 years of...

    Hi Kathy,
    You can take the Meds with the bottles, but you would need to label each one or bring the label from the prescription so that when you go through Security checkpoint everything will be screened and you may not be delayed for extra screening. As long as you have the prescription label you will be fine.
    Best regards.

  • Fly by Night and Day

    3 Decades of Experience working for United Airlines!

    Absolutely! It is the best way to carry them. Just bring along a list of the paper prescriptions in case there are any questions in Security. Also, bring extras in case of any unplanned events. Best of luck to you!

  • Dude

    I have been employed with United Airlines, American, and Delta for last 30 years, currently with Independent...

    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.