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TSA announces new powder rule

First it was our liquid, then our electronics and now our powder will face tougher scrutiny at the hands of the United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA).



It was at about this time last year that travellers into the USA began to notice the TSA’s sudden interest in powder: baby formula, protein powder, cosmetics, food... 


And from 30 June it’s about to get worse as the security agency requests foreign airports with non-stop flights to the US to conduct similar screenings of powdered substances.


TSA will be focusing on containers which hold at least 350 millilitres of powder, which is about the size of a can of soft drink, the Associated Press reported.


Like its liquid restrictions, the TSA is urging travellers to pack larger containers in their checked luggage and remove smaller containers from carry-on bags for separate screening.


While not a ban, passengers carrying larger amounts of powders could have their bags opened, the powder subjected to a test for explosives and possibly risk being told to throw the powder away before boarding.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 22 June 2018

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