Travellers have become accustomed to not packing gels, aerosols and liquids into their carry-on luggage, but now there’s something else to add to the no-go list.
From June 30, the Australian government is restricting the amount of powder product – such as baby powder, talcum powder or powder-based cosmetics – that you can take on board international flights.
The decision comes after a foiled bomb plot on an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney in July 2017.
There will be tougher screening at airport security and the measures will also extend to Australian domestic passengers departing from international terminals.
The US Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, announced similar measures that will come into effect this week.
From June 30, powder products will need to be presented separately as travellers go through security, but you won’t have to place them in a re-sealable plastic bag.
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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.
Passengers will not be able to take more than 350 grams of non-organic powder on board.
Toys or souvenirs containing sand might be problematic, as sand is considered a restricted powder, while salt and salt scrubs will also be subject to restrictions.
However, Epsom salts are regarded as an organic substance and are acceptable to pack into your carry-on luggage.
To save any confusion, it’s suggested all travellers pack non-essential powder product -including cosmetic face powders, blushers and eyeshadows – into their check-in luggage.
To find out more about what product is restricted, go to the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website.