Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced it will implement new requirements regarding powders in carry-on bags for international flights to the United States, the company said.
Because of new TSA requirements, American Airlines encourages customers to place powder-like substances over 12 oz./350 mL — approximately the size of a standard U.S. can of soda — in their checked bags. Powders in carry-on bags may require secondary screening, and if the powder cannot be cleared by security officials, it will be prohibited from the cabin of the aircraft.
Powder-like substances are described as fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing or disintegration of a solid substance (i.e. flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk and cosmetics).
Aviation security authorities outside the United States will use their discretion and training to determine what is considered a powder-like substance.
Certain powders will be exempt from secondary screening, including baby formula, medically necessary powders and human remains.
This policy does not apply to flights departing from the United States or United States territories, as the TSA has already implemented enhanced procedures at their security checkpoints.
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.