Does anyone here have recent experience negotiating International/European TSA Checkpoints with both primary pump (attached) and backup pump? In Feb 2012, Paris & Amsterdam checkpoints was unfriendly. And when I felt myself starting to drop as I was clearing TSA (had been up since 5 am, quite a bit of walking, long waits, did not eat much of carby plane breakfast on 1st leg) - I thought I could board early due to my Coach “preferred” Upgrade Seat and they Barred me. At that point I said I was not feeling well and I really needed to get on board and get some OJ.
I had Glucose Tabs with me, but if I had stopped, divested myself of all my carry on stuff and checked BG, then treated . . .
Was I being a Prima-Donna? They thought so. The Airline personnel. I explained that in US - the preferred seat meant automatic preferred boarding or I wouldn’t have just tried to walk thru.
It was a bad experience all around - from feeling like a pariah at TSA and then like I was"acting like All That" at the 2nd checkpoint at the gate.
Yes they check every one’s bags twice in Amsterdam, one at TSA and once at gate.
I adore my daughter but am dreading the trip. Plan to take cheese so I can administer protein at intervals to manage BG better.
Am interested in others’ expereriences. TSA had no interest in the fact that I was wearing a medical device. US folks always so friendly to me. Not in Europe. But after Paris terrorism, I suppose I can see why. I plan to be compliant and calm (so long as I am not hypo!!). But insistent that I cannot remove my pump form body. Also - have letter from Doc (they do not care). My carry on filmed w/ Medtronic suppies. If not wearing . . . for 10 day trip . . . Could be a rep! Lol