TSA regulation restricts transportation of powders on flights to or connecting with the United States

By request of the Transportation Safety Administration – TSA – as of June 30, 2018, a new security procedure will be implemented restricting transportation of powders in volumes that exceed 12 oz or 340 g*.

In line with this regulation, travelers with flights to or connecting with the United States must take these items in their checked baggage. They must also consider the following:

  • Items that have been tampered with, have unusual weight, inconsistency if their content or are in poor condition will be reported to the local authorities and the TSA and will be retained and treated as hazardous merchandise.
  • Powder substances purchased at the airport Duty Free that exceed 12 oz or 340 g must be sealed in a Secure Tamper Evident bag (STEB).
  • Powders detected by Security on boarding gates cannot be transported at boarding gates may not be transported in carry-on baggage or as checked baggage.

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* The measure exempts substances with prescriptions, baby formula and human remains.


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  1. What is the new security measure?
    At the request of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), of June 30, transportation of powdered substances greater than 12 ounces or 340 gr in the hand luggage of travelers bound or connected to the United States will not be permitted.
  2. Since when does the restriction come into effect?
    June 30, 2018.
  3. For what powdered substances does the measure apply?
    For all superior powder substances, 12 ounces or 340 gr, with the exception of those with medical prescription, baby formulas and human remains.
  4. On which Avianca routes is the measure implemented?
    On all routes to the United States. That is, routes from Bogota, San Salvador, Lima, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Pereira, Guatemala City, San Pedro Sula and Managua to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey (Newark), New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington. All travelers with destination United States or who travel in connection to that country must follow the restriction, regardless of their place of origin.
  5. What happens if the product that I carry in my carry-on bag weighs more than what is established?
    When packing your hand luggage these products must be registered in the warehouse. If you carry them in your hand luggage and do not report them to security people or if they detected the product without you have report them, they will be retained and you will not be able to transport them.
  6. Does the measure apply to products purchased in the Duty Free zone?
    Substances acquired in the Duty Free of airports can be carried in hand luggage, as long as they are sealed in a Secure Tamper Evident Bag (STEB) bag with security features.