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Stay on Top of Your Medications While Traveling this Holiday Season

Important Information to Get Through the Airport with Your Prescriptions

 |  For Patients

Taking prescribed medications as directed by your doctor is key to maintaining your overall health and it is one factor that you have control over. The holiday season is approaching and can be hectic for many people. From busy schedules to increased travels through busy airports to gather with family and friends, you may find it harder to keep up with your medication routine among the chaos. Our care coordination team wants you to have the resources you need to stay on top of your medications throughout the holiday season. We have compiled six TSA facts to prepare you for your travels.

1. You only need to notify TSA staff of liquid medications

If you are traveling with liquid medications such as injectables or oral liquid meds:

  • You can store medication in carry-on bags in liquid form measuring more than 3.4 ounces.
  • It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag.
  • You must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process.
  • Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that could include opening the container.
    • Important note: Nitroglycerin tablets and spray (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted by security and have never been prohibited.

2. TSA Pre Check is not required to bring your medications through security

Although TSA pre check can help you move through security more quickly, it is not required for travel with medications

    • Several credit card companies offer a statement credit towards TSA pre check. Find more information on NerdWallet or the TSA website.

3. You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts

4. You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage

    •  Pro tip: Place these items in your carry-on in case of any checked baggage delays

5. TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles

    • You can carry a prefilled pill box without worrying about bringing the original medication bottle

6. TSA officers will typically screen medication by X-ray

    • Important tip: If you do not want a medication X-rayed, you may ask for a visual inspection instead.


Our concierge team is part of your healthcare team and is here to answer any questions you may have about keeping up with your medication routine through the holidays. They can help you find ways to manage your routine, help you schedule an appointment with your doctor before the holidays, and more. Contact the ACN concierge by calling 602.406.7226 or emailing


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