Traveling With Factor Supplies And New Airline Safety Precautions
Increased travel security measures may cause some difficulty for people with bleeding
disorders and their families.
Following is a link to the Transportation Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. Please check this link for regular updates:
When traveling with your clotting factor, it is advised that you bring a prescription from
your physician that includes contact information, as well as a letter from your
physician/Hemophilia Treatment Center providing a brief explanation of your condition
and the need for this medication. In addition, if you bring needles onto an airplane in your
hand luggage you must also have the clotting factor with you. Check with your airline at
least two days prior to departure to learn their specific regulations regarding the transport
of medications. Each airline is developing regulations that are subject to change.
This material is provided for your general information only. The National Hemophilia
Foundation does not give medical advice or engage in the practice of medicine. NHF
under no circumstances recommends treatment for specific individuals and in all cases
recommends that you consult your physician or local treatment center before pursuing
any course of treatment.
Travel & Vacation Planning
Find more information and a sample letter in the HemAware article “Traveling with Medication,” which first appeared in the January/February 2007 issue of the magazine and was updated in June 2010.