I'm going to New York, Newark airport, then to Houston airport. I have an inhaler (Ivax Salamol CFC-free inhaler, and a Ventolin Evohaler) but I fly out in less than 12 hours. I don't have a prescription at hand, and don't have time to get one from my doctor. Will this be an issue in either state? And how do I go about this? Because I'll have 2, one will be in my carry-on and one will be in my pocket, because my asthma can flare up at any point.

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    I'm not sure about the official rules but anecdotally, I have never had an issue with taking my ventolin inhaler (in carry on) through any of the US airports/states I've been to (including both Newark and Houston)
    – etmuse
    Commented May 1, 2018 at 12:26
  • If labelled from the pharmacy, you will not have a problem. If your doctor just gave you sample ones or they were acquired in other creative ways, in theory you could have a problem, but in practice I would expect not, given the nature of these drugs. Commented May 2, 2018 at 13:20

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The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) actually has a page specifically about inhalers:

Inhalers Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Checked Bags: Yes

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.

We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.

  • The special instructions (from following a link on that website) appear to be "separate it out and inform the TSA officer". Seems to me to be more of a way to get >100ml through screening, rather than them really worrying about people transporting medication, but I may have misinterpreted their intention.
    – AndyT
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 10:23

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