Post-Ostomy Surgery: Taking a Flight

How to Make Flying a Breeze

Take your shoes off. Take off your belt, your jacket and your watch. Take your laptop out of your luggage and empty your pockets. Airport security is complicated. And now that you have an ostomy, it can be even more challenging. But there are tips and tools to ensure your easy passage through security. These tools and steps can help make your flying experience less stressful:


Travel communication card

This card, provided by the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), can quickly and discreetly explain your situation and aid in dealing with airline security. You can download and print your own card here.

Pre-cut skin barriers

If you use cut-to-fit skin barriers, pre-cutting some at home will make things easier if you need to change your pouch on the plane or during your travels. Or, use Moldable Technology™ skin barriers.


Check the weather forecast of your destination

Warm weather may affect how your skin barriers adhere to your skin, by making the adhesive between your pouch and skin weaker. Be aware of the weather at your destination and prepare accordingly. 

Pack extra supplies

Be prepared for anything by packing supplies in your carry-on and in your checked luggage. Pack one of everything you need into a small tote or purse so you can get to it easily in the airport or on the plane without digging through your luggage. Plus, airplane restrooms are tiny, so you don’t want to wrestle a backpack or roll-aboard in with you.


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drainable pouch

Esteem® One-piece Products

All-in-One for Quick Changes

Our Esteem® one-piece products combine a skin barrier and a pouch into a single unit. They are flexible and discreet, allowing for a simple, secure and comfortable experience. The Esteem™ + One-Piece Moldable Drainable Pouch is easy to apply and remove, making travel that much easier.

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