TSA Powder Rule: Can you bring powder on a plane?

TSA Powder Rule: Can you bring powder on a plane?
TSA Powder Rule: Can you bring powder on a plane?

TSA Powder Rule: Can you bring powder on a plane?

The short answer: Yes!

However, airport security increased its stipulations. TSA tightened their reigns in June 2018 on their already tedious screening process. This shift with the TSA powder rule will directly impact you–if you’re traveling with more than 12 ounces of powder in a carry-on.

What caused stricter regulations for the TSA powder rule?

In August 2017, TSA foiled two terrorist plots in Australia. One scheme involved a makeshift bomb, and the other plot included a toxic gas. The former intended to explode an Etihad Airways flight. The latter meant to poison passengers in an enclosed area, most likely a form of public transit other than the aircraft. Though both intricately planned, neither made it past airport security.

Check out the full story here

What’s the new TSA powder rule?

If your powder is 12 ounces or less, you can pack powder in your carry-on without required, additional screening.

If transporting more than 12 ounces of powder, you may pack it in your carry-on. However, then you must claim the powder and remove it from your carry-on. Make sure to carve in extra time at security for this additional screening.

For your convenience and to reduce the risk of having your powder thrown, you should include nonessential powders in your checked baggage.

You can read what TSA says about the new rule here.

How can you bring powder on a plane?

You may bring any of the following powders on a plane:

  • Baby powder
  • Detergent
  • Powder makeup
  • Protein or energy powders
  • Solid makeup

You may not pack gunpowder in your carry-on or checked baggage under any circumstances. Gunpowder includes black powder and percussion caps. 

As stated, such powders in quantities of 12 ounces or less are permitted through security. If your powder is more than 12 ounces, you will need to remove it from your carry-on and allow time for separate screening. TSA officers maintain the final say if something is allowed through security. Remember, passenger safety is their number one concern with making these decisions.

Next time someone asks, “Can you bring powder on a plane?” you will know the answer. Feel free to share this updated information, especially with anyone traveling soon.

Are you looking for a refresher on the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule? Want to pack with less stress? We got you covered.