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Australia and US introducing new restrictions on powders in carry-on

25 Jun 2018 by BusinessTravellerAsiaPacific
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Travellers departing Australia as well as those heading to the US will need to contend with new restrictions on the amount of powdered products they are able to bring into the cabin with them when they fly, with both countries set to introduce new restrictions as of June 30.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week it would begin introducing stricter security checks regarding powdered products such as cosmetics, protein powders, talcum powder and dried spices, CNN reports.

Passengers carrying more than 12 ounces (340 grams) of powdered products on international flights into the US are encouraged to place them in their check-in luggage to avoid additional screening or possibly having their luggage banned from the aircraft.

The Australian Government has since followed suit, though it appears to be making a distinction between “organic powders”, which will not face restrictions, and “inorganic powders”, which will be restricted.

Australia powder restrictions: Source - Melbourne Airport

Passengers will be able to bring only up to 350 grams (12.3 ounces)/350 millilitres of inorganic powders total in their carry-on luggage when travelling on international flights as well as domestic flights departing from international terminals.

What’s particularly worth noting here is that this limit is based on the weight and volume of the container, and not the actual amount of powdered product itself. All inorganic powders must be separately presented for screening.

The tighter restrictions are reportedly due to a foiled attempt to blow up an Etihad Airways flight departing Australia last year.

Passengers will be able to bring only up to 350 grams (12.3 ounces)/350 millilitres of inorganic powders total in their carry-on luggage when travelling on international flights as well as domestic flights departing from international terminals.

What’s particularly worth noting here is that this limit is based on the weight and volume of the container, and not the actual amount of powdered product itself. All inorganic powders must be separately presented for screening.

The tighter restrictions are reportedly due to a foiled attempt to blow up an Etihad Airways flight departing Australia last year.

The Canadian Government, meanwhile, introduced its own restrictions on certain powdered goods late last year.

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