The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced new rules regarding powders in carry-on bags last Saturday, June 30, 2018, for flights to the U.S.A. that are originating internationally.
Effective now, there is a new regulation which affects the size of containers holding powdery substances. This measure applies to items packed in carry-on bags on flights bound for the United States from abroad.
Limit the size of powders in carry-on bags to no more than 12 ounces.
Under this new regulation, airlines passengers need to store such granular items as flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk (such as baby formula), protein powders and cosmetics in a receptacle no larger than 12 ounces, about the size of a soda can. A plastic bag is not required, as it is with liquids. Objects placed in bigger vessels may be subjected to additional screening at the checkpoint. If security officials cannot identify the substance — “effectively detect and resolve powders through testing protocols” — the passenger can place the material in his or her checked luggage or toss it, but may not board the plane with it.
If you are returning to the U.S.A from Bonaire, be sure you are updated on this new regulation. For additional information, visit the website of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.