New rules regarding powders, on Australian and American airports, will be in effect in a few days


There will be tougher screening at airport security. As with liquids, aerosols and gels, powders will need to be presented separately.The measures will also extend to Australian domestic passengers departing from international terminals The decision comes after a foiled bomb plot on an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney in July 2017. Similar measures will come into effect this week in the U.S., the US Transportation Security Administration  announced.


The government has made a distinction between organic powders (baby formula, coffee, protein powder), which are acceptable to take on board, and non-organic powders (talc, powdered detergent, certain cosmetic products and cleaning powders), which will be subject to restrictions. Sand is considered a restricted powder, while salt and salt scrubs will also be subject to restrictions. If the powder is inorganic, you won’t be able to fly with more than 350g in total (or 350ml). It’s not clear which cosmetic powders , which may include face powder, blush, bronzer and eye shadow, are considered OK. But be happy, you can take yet protein powder and flour, sugar, coffee and spices. Any powder that can’t be identified is likely to be confiscated and thrown out. Liquids, aerosols and gels already have carry-on restrictions previously established.


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