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Old 08-04-2004, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TENS Units and airport security

I use a TENS unit for pain control for my hip bursistis.

I've never traveled with it before, anyone had any problems getting one through airport security? I know that a small device with wires and electrodes on it prolly isn't something they really want to see.

I checked out the document from the FAA but it wasn't listed.
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Tracy, WELCOME to the PassPorter Boards

You might want to call ahead to the airport and ask them what may be required. Since that is an electrical devise, you might want to get a Doctors note.

Hopefully someone here may have knowledge of this & be able to help you out
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Re: TENS Units and airport security

Hi, Tracy, and welcome!

First, if it is a medical device they cannot deny you taking it with you. I would, however, take a note from your doctor describing what it is. Are you going to carry it on the plane with you are check it?

I'm going to move this to the "Vacationing Your Way: Your Special Needs" as I think it will get a better response.
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Re: TENS Units and airport security

I used to have a coworker who wore a TENS unit all the time. She did a bit of travelling and I don't recall her ever having a problem with it (she's the world's biggest complainer, so I'm sure she would have shared). However, I've only talked to her about one trip since 9/11 and it was a brief conversation, so I don't know what security does now. I think the advise you got above is good, talk to the security office at your airport and any other airport you will travel through and find out what their policy is. Also call your airline and see what their policy is. And get your doctor to write a note describing your unit and what it does.

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Re: TENS Units and airport security

I travel with mine packed into my checked luggage and have never had a problem, even with tight security; but I don't think that it would be advisable to attempt to actually wear it during the flight or even pack it in your carry-on. I think that an MD's note might help prevent any problems, but you are certainly correct in thinking that the mere sight of such a device would trigger suspicion! Do you have a travel agent? Ask her/him to contact the airline for you, as they have access to additional information. Please let us know what you end up doing.
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Re: TENS Units and airport security

Interested in what you get for answers . . . my husband has a air machine for sleep apnea that he must use, will they allow this on the plane, too? After repeated emails and phone calls to TSA, I still don't have an answer.
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I am sure if your machine (for Apnea) is in it's case, You will have no trouble.My Husband has one too! He is going to Vegas next month for business.. And bringing the machine too!
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Re: TENS Units and airport security

Can't help with the TENS, but the Apnea C-Pap I can. My dad takes it with him everywhere and he has flown a bit since 9-11. Carry it on, Dad didn't once, and wouldn't you know, it was the 1 piece of luggage that got lost.

We do carry Samantha's wheelchair charger (big, metal box with electrical cords attached) in our carry ons. We have never had a problem.
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