Dec 13, 2011 - 1:06 pm
Two weekends ago my husband and I went to New York for an extra long weekend (arrived Friday and left late on Monday) - it was just fabulous!! It was a first for both of us and I am already planning a trip back in the spring, so much to do and see. We found everybody so friendly, the city so clean - and of course, being Christmas, all of the decorations and store windows were magnificent. The trip was everything we could have wanted . . . . . until our way home.
In my carry on I had all of my drugs (all in bottles with my name on them) and all of the supplements I felt I could carry - in their original containers. I checked with the airline before we went and it was okay to take drugs, snacks and some Boost for medical reasons. All was great going - no problems when I explained that I had cancer, they even ran around looking for an extra chair so I wouldn't have to stand (not that I needed one!) and they started asking my husband if there was anything else they could do. On the way home, I spread everything out in the bins - and got stopped there. What were the drugs for? What was the Boost for? What were all of the other containers for? I explained that I had cancer and that all of the drugs were mine, the other containers were supplements and the Boost was a nutritional replacement that the airline had already given me the okay on. (I actually only use it when I am out for a whole day or travelling.) Then . . . . the guy actually asked me if I could prove that I had cancer. I stood stuttering, stammering and had tears welling up in my eyes. My husband had ended up in another line so was unable to be with me so there I stood, being questioned with my face red, tears in my eyes and no answer for the guy. How do you 'prove' you have cancer? I pointed to my head - no luck there. He then proceeded to do a chemical check on every single item and then left me to put everything back in bags and pack it all away. I was so humiliated.
Good thing I had packed some anti-anxiety meds - just in case.
Anybody have any tips for air travel?