New rules on carrying powders for international travellers

Ian Bushnell 1 July 2018
International travellers face extra security precautions from 30 June. Photo: Supplied

International travellers face extra security precautions from 30 June. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Airport has advised that new rules for the carrying of powders on international flights came into force from 30 June 2018, as part of Federal Government airport security precautions.

International travellers will face extra requirements when passing through screening points.

A Canberra Airport spokesperson said travellers would need to remove powders from their carry-on baggage at the international screening point in the international terminal only, and place their items in a tray for further screening.

“If you are planning to take a trip, please check the Department of Home Affairs TravelSECURE website: to better understand these new regulations,” it said

Inorganic powders such as sand, salt, talcum powder and some types of make-up will be restricted to volumes less than 350ml per passenger in the aircraft cabin on departing flights. Travellers cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350ml/gm threshold as the restriction is calculated on total container volume.

There is no quantity restriction for organic powders such as food products, therapeutic and medical products (travelling with a medical certificate is suggested), powdered baby formula, coffee and sugar.

“These new rules are for international travellers only. The majority of our guests are domestic passengers who will not need to remove powders at the domestic screening point,” the Canberra Airport spokesperson said.

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