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First Aid Kits on Airline Flights

What is Banned on Airline Flights?


Updated January 22, 2014

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No liquids means your first aid kit won't be banned.

(c) Rod Brouhard
First aid kits on airline flights are adequate to respond to most in-flight emergencies. However, if you want to take a travel first aid kit with you to your destination, you may want to keep it in checked baggage or you must remove banned first aid items from your kit. Here is a list of approved first aid items that travelers can carry on airline flights.

Allowed on Domestic Airline Flights

Most first aid items are relatively soft and not very dangerous to the average flight crew. Those items are still welcome in carry-on baggage for domestic airline flights in the United States. Flights overseas have, in most cases, banned all except essential items from carry-on bags. The approved first aid items for domestic airline flights include:
  • gauze pads
  • bandage scissors (blades less than four inches)
  • roller gauze
  • tape
  • gloves
  • triangular bandages
  • elastic bandages
  • adhesive bandages
  • pain relievers
  • moleskin
  • lip balms
  • barrier devices for CPR

Definitely Not Allowed on Airline Flights

Heightened security on airline flights has led to a ban on all liquids and gels. Solid items are still available, such as stick antiperspirants or lip balms. Here are banned items commonly found in a first aid kit:
  • hand cleaner
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • chemical cold packs
  • antibiotic ointment
  • insect bite swabs

Allowed on Airline Flights with Permission from Security Personnel

Some first aid items must be approved for carry-on by security personnel prior to boarding domestic airline flights. These first aid items are usually essential supplies for specific medical conditions. It is important to declare these first aid and medical items while proceeding through airport security. These items will be allowed on domestic airline flights after inspection:
  • glucose gels or liquids - including juice - for diabetic passengers (cannot be more than 5oz or 148ml)
  • diabetic supplies including syringes, lancets, glucometers, pumps, etc.
  • epinephrine autoinjector
  • other medication and pumps - such as Flolan for primary pulmonary hypertension
  • nitroglycerin spray
  • 4oz or less of essential non-prescription gel or liquid medications (eye care, saline, sterile lubricant, etc.)
  • liquid prescription medication if the label matches the name of the passenger

Talk to Security

Airport security will have to make decisions everyday regarding medical supplies. If you have an essential need - such as wound care items on a long flight, for example - speak to security about it. Safety on airline flights is important for all of us, but security officers will try to be reasonable regarding passengers' medical needs.
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