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Hi, I'm flying to New Jersey next week with United Airlines.

I'm worried about bringing my birth control pills in my carry on luggage.

I'm not bringing checked baggage cos I'm only staying for a week.

Do they have to be kept in a clear plastic bag?

Do you have to have your name on the box?

And do you have to have a prescription with you? It's only one box and it's half finished?

Please help.....

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Just use a regular orange pill container and bring the prescription and medicine with you in the carry-on. Also, using the original container that the pills came in would be best!


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I would place the pack in a little zip lock baggy just to be on the safe side (make sure it remains in it's original packaging (name what it, blah blah) so they know exactly what it is) and you could carry them in your purse/ carry on. I took my pills with me on a trip to New York and I didn't have any trouble.

This is on the TSA website:

You may transport this item in carry-on baggage or in checked baggage. For items you wish to carry-on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

To help officers get a clear look at your bag and reduce the need for additional screening, we suggest you pack your bag in neat layers (layer of clothes, layer of electronics, layer of clothes, layer of shoes, etc.) and wrap cords tightly around electronics items.

Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.


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Neither TSA nor the airline really care.

The issue will be US Customs and FDA oversight of prescription drugs. However, you're typically allowed items for personal use (typically up to a 90-day supply) as long as they are clearly labeled (original container/label) and a prescription indicating the medication is for you.

While the medication can be confiscated at the POE, in practice you shouldn't have a problem with a half-used one-month supply of birth control pills. If questioned, just calmly explain what it is and what it's for; very unlikely you'll encounter any issue at all.

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I've brought my BC pills and my anti-depressants several times in my carry on and never been questioned. I refuse to put them in checked baggage, if it gets lost or delayed I am doomed! I just kept it in original packaging. I'd be surprised if they gave you issues over it.

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