Medications in pill or other solid forms must undergo security screening. You can facilitate this screening by clearly labeling medication.

Medication can undergo a visual or X-ray screening and may be tested for traces of explosives.

Inform the TSA Officer

Before the screening begins, inform the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications. Place them in a bin or bowl separate from other property, along with accessories associated with your liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule Exemption

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your flight, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

Remove medically necessary items from your carry-on bag, and place them in a bin or bowl. If a medically necessary liquid, gel, or aerosol alarms additional screening will be required. If the alarm cannot be resolved, the item may not be allowed.


Ice packs, freezer packs, gel packs and other accessories may be presented at the screening checkpoint in a frozen, partially frozen or melted state to keep medically necessary items cool. All items, including supplies associated with medically necessary liquids such as IV bags, pumps and syringes must be screened before they will be permitted into the secure area of the airport.


TSA officers may test liquids, gels or aerosols for explosives or concealed prohibited items. If officers are unable to use screening technology to clear these items, you may be asked to open them for Vapor Analysis. Screening will never include placing anything into the medically necessary liquid.

Inform the TSA officer if you do not want your liquid medication to be screened by X-ray or opened. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid, and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, which may include AIT screening, a pat-down, and additional screening of your carry-on property.