Traveling with an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care
Can I take my pump through the full-body scanner or put the pump through the luggage X-ray machine at the airport?
Tandem pumps are designed to withstand common electromagnetic interference from airport metal detectors, but should not be exposed to X-ray screening, including whole-body imaging scanners and baggage X-ray machines. Notify the security agent that your pump should not be exposed to X-rays and request an alternate means of screening. (e.g. pat down or disconnect at site and ask for hand inspection of device.)
When disconnecting, be sure to only disconnect at the infusion site, not at the tubing lock connection. Disconnecting at the tubing lock connection could result in air in your tubing which could compromise insulin delivery.
What about other security screening devices?
- Metal detector: YES. Ok for Tandem Pumps. Notify security agent in advance that you are wearing a pump, since the pump will be detected.
- Baggage X-ray machines: NO. Notify the security agent that your pump should not be exposed to X-rays and request an alternate means of screening. (e.g. pat down or disconnect at site and ask for hand inspection of device.)
- Full body scanners: NO. Although the newer models of these scanners are not X-rays, we have not tested Tandem pumps with these devices. We recommend requesting an alternate means of screening. (e.g. pat down or disconnect at site and ask for hand inspection of device.)
Bluetooth Connectivity During Flight
If you enable Airplane mode on your smartphone, you must maintain an active Bluetooth® connection between your smartphone and your pump to use the t:connect™ mobile app. You can always use your pump to deliver a bolus if you cannot connect your smartphone and pump. Please check with your airline carrier and smartphone manufacturer instructions prior to traveling to determine conditions for using Bluetooth.
Travel Outside the US—Loaner Pump Program
If you will be traveling to areas outside of the US, or where you can’t easily receive shipments, we offer a Travel Loaner Program which allows you to borrow a backup pump for the duration of your trip.
Can I travel with the unopened Travel Loaner Pump in my checked baggage that goes through the luggage X-ray machine?
Tandem pumps are designed to withstand common electromagnetic interference, including airport security systems, but was not tested for exposure to X-rays, including whole body imaging scanners and airport luggage X-ray machines.
We recommend keeping the Travel Loaner Pump with you during travel, so that you always have access to it if anything should happen to your existing pump, or in case your luggage should get misplaced.
What if someone opens my Travel Loaner Pump box to inspect it? Will I have to pay for the pump?
It is important to reseal the box in the exact condition it came in as soon as possible after it was opened to keep the pump protected. If this happens, please let us know when you return the pump.
We will inspect the pump when it is returned to ensure it was not used. As long as there is no sign of usage and the software indicates it was never activated, you will not be charged for the pump.
I’m traveling internationally. Can I update my pump from abroad?
As long as you are using the latest version of the Tandem Device Updater (TDU), you should be able to update your pump from abroad. Be sure that you always have backup therapy available any time you attempt to update your pump using TDU.