With the country's state of safety in constant flux, Delta Airlines has a few guidelines when it comes to some items, especially medications. These are not government sanctioned guidelines, only those that Delta has put into practice to save mostly on trouble and time consumption. Most flight attendants are trained in emergency medical care, but they should not be expected to administer your medicine for you.
Delta Airlines does not prohibit any kind of prescription medication to be brought on board the plane. They do however, suggest passengers keep all medication with them in their carry-on bag.
Additionally, Delta Airlines permits needles and syringes to be in carry-on baggage as long as the passenger has a prescription label associated with the needle and syringe. Syringes should be used carefully and while seated in the bathroom, if possible, so as not to accidentally jab a fellow passenger.
In the case of children, a child may take his or her medication with them. However, the child must be able to take this medication without assistance. Delta Airlines is not permitted to give the medication to the child.
In the event of special assistance, again, Delta Airlines is not responsible for giving this medicine to the passenger. The passenger should keep the medication with them. If it is necessary to use a needle and syringe the passenger should have verification from a medical professional ready to be provided. The crew will provide the passenger with proper disposal units for the used needles.
Giving medication to animals cannot be done by Delta Airlines officials. The owner of the animal must do it themselves. Make sure to have prescriptions from the veterinarian ready to verify the suggestion to give the medication to the animals.
Delta suggests a "Medical Minder." This is basically a small booklet that describes your illness or disorder. It will present your symptoms and any complications that may arise if you are not given your medication on time and how much medicine you should be given. Also if you are afflicted with an episodic illness it will describe that as well.
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.