The New TSA Rule Regarding Baby Formula, Spices and Other Powders

On Saturday, a new TSA rule went into effect concerning powdered substances in your carry-on on flights into the U.S. Here’s what you need to know, via the Chicago Tribune:

“With the new ruling, passengers must 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. No plastic bag required. Objects placed in bigger vessels may be subjected to additional screening at the checkpoint. If security officials cannot identify the substance – in TSA parlance, ‘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.”

Importantly, powdered medicines, baby formula and cremated human remains will be exempt from the new rule. Additionally, TSA PreCheck passengers won’t have to remove powders from their bags. As noted in the Tribune story, the same rules are already in place for domestic flights.

Related: Ask the TSA Your Carry-On Questions

 

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