TSA will implement stricter rules related to carrying
powder-like items onto inbound international flights, beginning June 30.
Under the new requirements, flyers traveling with more
powder than would fit in a standard 12-ounce soda or beer can will be subject
to additional screening. If the substance can't be verified as safe, the U.S.
is requiring the foreign security authority to prohibit it from being brought
aboard the aircraft.
Cosmetics, ground coffee, spices, sugar and flour are among
the substances that could be subject to the new screening procedure, American
Airlines said in an announcement in which it advised passengers to check
powdered substances of more than 12 ounces.
TSA implemented the same restrictions for domestic flights
over the past year as part of a broader enhancement of security procedures at
airports across the country.
A range of powders, including pepper spray, can be used to
harm aircraft passengers and crew, TSA said.