Here Are The New Rules About Flying With Powders In Your Luggage
Just when you thought packing your carry-on luggage couldn’t get any more stressful, the Transportation Security Administration has come out with new rules about packing powders.
As of June 30, the TSA has advised all foreign airports to apply extra security measures to all passengers traveling with more than 12 ounces of powder in their carry-on luggage. These new regulations come in the wake of an attempt to blow up an Etihad Airways plane in Australia last year.
Here’s what you need to know about flying with powders:
According to American Airlines, a powder is any substance composed of “fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing or disintegration of a solid substance.” That includes baby powder, mineral makeup, ground spices, coffee grounds, and protein mix. Baby formula and human remains will be exempt from the extra security.
At security, passengers traveling with powders will be asked to remove them from their carry-on luggage for additional screening. If TSA agents can’t confirm what the powder is, passengers will be forced to check their baggage or discard the powder. Airports are urging passengers to place powders in their checked baggage to avoid the hassle at security.