New Powder Restrictions for International Flights

New Powder Restrictions for International FlightsWe’ve already become used to the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions in place for international flights. Since 2006, the maximum size of any liquids, aerosols and gels carried onto international flights has been 100 millilitres or grams. Now, the rules are being tightened even further to also restrict powders that are carried onto Australian international flights.

The new powder restrictions affect international flights to and from Australia. From 30 June 2018, flyers will only be permitted a maximum of 350mL or 350 grams of “inorganic powders” in their carry-on luggage. As per the current LAGs restrictions, this does not affect domestic flights within Australia.

The United States is also imposing similar powder restrictions on flights to, from or within the USA from 30 June 2018.

Restricted powders will include things like salt, sand, talcum powder and laundry detergent. Passengers may still carry an unlimited number of powder containers on board aircraft, provided the total quantity of restricted powders does not exceed 350mL or 350 grams.

Organic powders such as baby formula, ground coffee, protein powder, sugar and spices are exempt, as are cremated human remains. Medicines are also exempt but require a doctor’s letter or other proof. The restrictions do not apply to powders packed in checked luggage.

Last month the Australian government announced it would introduce full-body scanners at security screening checkpoints in Australian domestic terminals.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: LAGs becomes PLAGs.. Powder restrictions from 30 June 2018


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