Video: Notify TSA Agents of Prescription Medication at Airport Security Checkpoints

I f you travel with pharmaceutical medication through airports located within the United States, you are advised to notify agents of the Transportation Security Administration of any prescriptions you possess; and you must separate said medications from your other belongings and show them before the screening process begins at an airport security checkpoint.

A new video with details of this advisory was released called “Traveling with Prescription Medications.” The video features two representatives of the United States United States Public Health Service of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States: Lindsay Davison, Lieutenant; and Mary E. Kremzner, Pharm.D., Captain.

Here is the video:

Failure to notify agents of the Transportation Security Administration of any prescriptions you possess at an airport security checkpoint in the United States could lead to you being delayed.

Photograph and video courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States.

8 thoughts on “Video: Notify TSA Agents of Prescription Medication at Airport Security Checkpoints”

  1. Erndog says:

    None of their damn business. Probably a violation of the privacy of health law, too, whatever that is . . . HIPPA or some such law

    If I am pulled over by the police for a traffic violation, am I required to do this? No. If I am getting on a train or ship, am I required to do this? No.

    An over reach by the TSA for sure.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I purposely did not editorialize in this article, Erndog, because I expected responses such as yours. Thank you for posting your opinion.

      I take no medication at all whatsoever; but even if I did, I agree with your point of view.

      In fact, I wonder if anyone will comment to the contrary…

  2. Henry says:

    Not a HIPAA violation because the TSA isn’t a health service provider … I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t tell them of anything except items that they might have a legitimate concern about (insulin with diabetic supplies), …

    Besides, if the NSA really is spying on us all and they were paying attention then they should already know my Rx’s!

  3. Ashes says:

    “you must separate said medications from your other belongings and show them before the screening process begins at an airport security checkpoint.”

    The video says “should”, not “must”. But really, it’s just trying to summarize info from other agencies to help confused travellers. (Such people seem prone to over-complying with rules.) Anyhow, this isn’t some new FDA rule, it’s just the same old TSA nonsense paraphrased. I want my four minutes back.

  4. AtTheGate says:

    Hmmm. Credible threat of some little white pills imploding now eh? I mean, TSA is in place for our safety right? Or maybe now they’re just another arm of the DEA. Yet another pathetic intrusion of our privacy by these fascist Smurfs.

  5. Kris says:

    I have never pulled out my medicine going though a checkpoint. I always have a few epipens and my prescriptions are almost always in a pill sorter, which I occasionally worry about causing problems because I don’t have the actual prescription bottle with me, but I’ve not yet had an issue.

  6. mike says:

    On a similar note, I’ve had customs dump out some of my pills into their gloved hand to look at them, and put back in the container ( same gloved hand they were using to look thought every other passengers undies ?

  7. mike says:

    could be the real purpose behind tsa check points is to discover illegal drugs and money ?

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