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AIRLINE TRAVEL AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001


September 11th, 2001 has changed airline travel forever. Airline security guards are asking people to hand over nail clippers, nail files and other personal items that would not have garnered a second look prior to the 11th. Understandably, the epinephrine auto-injector will also be viewed in a different light. These are our recommendations.
  1. Anyone who carries EpiPens´┐Ż must notify the airline well in advance of their departure date.


  2. In the airport, remind the attendant at the check-in counter.


  3. Ask your allergist or family doctor to provide a medical letter of explanation (see below), written on his or her own letterhead. Anaphylaxis Canada had drafted a template that may be useful.


  4. Have your doctor's letter translated as necessary.


  5. Wear a MedicAlert´┐Ż identifier that mentions epinephrine auto-injector or epinephrine.
Medical Letter of Explanation

Date

To Whom It May Concern:

PATIENT'S FULL NAME has a potentially life-threatening allergy to ALLERGEN(S) and must carry epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times. I have prescribed this life-saving medication with the understanding that it will be immediately available should there be accidental exposure. It is essential that this patient be permitted to carry his or her own medication on board.

Respectfully,

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