TSA tightens rules for carrying powders on planes

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.

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