New Requirements Established by the United States Government
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing expanded measures to mitigate risks associated with dangerous powder-like substances on flights to the United States. The measures were outlined in a new emergency amendment issued by the TSA.
This amendment will take effect beginning on June 30, 2018 for passengers traveling to the United States.
Under the new security measures, passengers are prohibited from bringing 12 oz. (350 ml) or larger containers of powdered (or powder-like) substances into the aircraft cabin.
- Powdered prescription drugs, baby formula, and human remains in sealed 12 oz. (350 ml) or larger containers are excepted from this prohibition. The container must be screened for signs of alteration or tampering.
Any powder-like substance in a container that shows signs of alteration, tampering, or disproportionate weight must be placed in checked baggage and carried in the aircraft’s baggage hold, unless the issue can be resolved. This requirement also applies to any powder with a strange or unusual odor that is inconsistent with the container/packaging.
For the purposes of this emergency amendment, “powder” refers to fine, dry particles produced by the grinding or disintegration of a solid substance (for example, flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk such as baby formula, and cosmetics).