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British holidaymakers heading abroad via EasyJet have been warned over a little-known rule which could see them stopped from boarding a flight.
Passengers are being urged to check airline rules on medication before travelling or they could be barred from taking their seats.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that some airlines, including easyJet, are asking flyers to provide documents at security for medicine they have packed in their carry-on luggage. Travellers have also reportedly been asked to show a letter from their GP for the prescription medicine.
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BMA’s GP Committee said in a statement: "It has been brought to our attention that some airlines are advising that travellers bringing medication in their hand luggage should bring a letter from their medical practitioner confirming the type of medication and what it is for.
"We will raise this issue with the airline, but in the meantime, we would remind practices that patients can print off their medical record from the NHS app or, alternatively, practices are able to charge for travel-related requests for information."
EasyJet's guidance states that travellers should carry any medication in their hand luggage, alongside a “letter” from their “medical practitioner” confirming the type of medication and what it is for.
A spokesman for the airline told Pulse, the practitioners' publication, that the advice only applies to prescribed medication and that passengers can bring a copy of their prescription instead of a GP letter.
They added that travellers bringing prescribed medication must bring a medical certificate or a copy of their prescription, and must also present a medical certificate to airport security if any medicines in liquid or gel form exceed 100ml.
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The Gov.uk website states that travellers are allowed to carry certain medical products in their hand luggage when travelling abroad.
These include essential medicines of more than 100ml, including liquid dietary foodstuffs and inhalers, and medical equipment if it is essential for the journey.
Travellers also need supporting documentation, and airport staff might need to open the containers to screen the liquids.
Tablets and capsules, essential liquid medicines, syringes, inhalers, gel packs, medical equipment, and special food and liquids needed for medical reasons are all allowed in hold and hand luggage.
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