Can You Bring Powders In Checked Luggage? 2024

The TSA and most airlines have regulations for powdered products in both checked and hand luggage.

In general powders are good to go on planes carry-on and checked baggage, but quantities larger than 350 mL or 12 oz will be subject for additional screening, that may include opening them.

Most airport securities like the TSA recommend placing any large amount of powders in checked luggage.

Keep reading to know more about traveling with powders in both carry on and checked baggage, in both domestic and international flights.

Let’s dive right in.

Taking Powders Through The Security Checkpoint

You can bring powders through the security checkpoint, in your carry-on bag or personal item but any amount larger than 12 oz / 350 ml / 340 grams needs to be removed from your carry-on bag and placed in a separate bin for additional screening.

It doesn’t matter if you are taking powder in their original package or not, but it is better to pack them in a transparent bag that is easy to open, as the security officers may need to open it.

The reason for that is to ensure that they do not contain any prohibited ingredients.

This passenger asked the TSA how to pack a 1.5 lbs / 680 grams ashwagandha powder bag.

The TSA customer service replied that powders are allowed in carry-on bags, but It may require additional screening and it may include opening the container.

If the container is larger than 12 ounces, we recommend removing it from your carry-on bag and placing it in a bin for X-ray screening.

Take Powders In Checked Baggage

To avoid additional complications the TSA and most airlines do advise to place any powders in checked baggage.

There are no restrictions on the amount of powders you can take in checked baggage as long as they are safe and legal.

Jason wanted to take this Kratom powder and a 60 ml bottle of vape liquid in checked baggage on his flight to Denver.

They replied that powder herbal supplements are allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage, even though they advise to check the laws in both departure and arrival airports regarding these substances.

You can pack makeup powders, protein powders, and detergent powders without any problem.

Even though it is better to pack them in their original packaging as the security officer may tend to open them for further inspection.

Ensure that you pack in a neat way any type of powders you place inside your checked bag.

You can use a solid packaging container that is sealable and will not burst open inside your bag.

And as the TSA always stated dangerous items are not permitted in both carry in and checked baggage.

Esteban wanted to bring gender reveal confetti powder cannons in checked baggage.

But the TSA replied that confetti cannons powder containing explosive charges are not allowed in either carry on and checked baggage.

Take Powder On International Flights

You can bring powders on international flights, whether you are flying to Canada, Uk or Europe countries and it is better to pack any powder in checked baggage for international flights.

You can bring any type of powders and they don’t need to be transported in their original packaging.

Even though there will be slightly different rules when flying to some countries, you won’t find any issues as long as you take reasonable quality and you pack your powders well and label them.

Final Thoughts 

All types of powders need to follow the same security procedures.

Powders are allowed in both checked and carry-on baggage, there are no restrictions on how much you can  take.

Taking more than 350 ml / 12 oz in carry-on will require some additional screening and you need to remove them from your bag so the security officer can take a look at them.

On the other hand there are no restrictions or limits on them, in fact the security authorities and airlines advise placing any kind of powder in checked baggage.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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