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How The Latest Airport Powder Restrictions Will Affect Your Beauty Bag Packing

Getting organised for airport security can be a stressful task, from remembering your boarding pass, to packing your liquids in a transparent bag. Finding the latest powder restrictions confusing? We're making it clear, so you can travel easily this year.

What is the latest airport security news?

This week it was announced that the USA and Australia have imposed airport restrictions on powder products, including food and cosmetics.

The UK is set to follow suit, with The Times reporting "the government is considering imposing new rules on items such as baby powder, cosmetics, coffee, spices and protein mixes on all flights to and from the UK." 

How will this affect me?

The new regulations came into effect in April in the USA and in Australia on the 30th June. This means that anybody taking an international flight out of either of these countries, will need to comply with the new powder restrictions.

What products are classed as powder?

Australia's Department of Home Affairs, classes powder as "fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance", so this refers to anything in a powder form: loose particles or compressed materials. 

  • ‘Inorganic’ powder such as beauty products like talcum, baby, foot and deodorant powder are restricted and must be displayed at airport security. The total amount of these inorganic powder products must be 350g or less.

So, if you have baby powder or talcum powder in your hand luggage, you must ensure that they weigh less than 350g in total. A standard bottle of baby powder contains 200g so you would only be able to take one with you on to the plane, as any more would take you over the 350g limit. 

In the US, the Transport Security Administration have declared that any powder in hand luggage may require additional screening so it is important to be aware they might do further searches and investigations into your powder products.

  • There is currently no restriction on how many ‘organic’ powders you can fly with, but they must be displayed when you go through security.
    • These powders include food such as coffee and protein powders
    • Cosmetic powders (loose or pressed) including bronzer, blusher and foundation

A standard makeup compact powder is 10g, but there are no restrictions to the amount of 'organic' powder products in your hand luggage and they do not need to go in your transparent liquid bag. However, they must be taken out of your hand luggage and placed in the security trays as requested.

If you are travelling with any restricted 'inorganic' powders that weigh over 350g, then you will have to pack these in your checked in suitcase, they are not allowed in hand luggage. This could be a sachet of protein powder, that normally weighs 1kg, or multiple bottles of baby powder. 


Got any more information about the new restrictions, or questions about travelling with powder products, then leave a comment and let us know.

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