Australian Government to enforce new restrictions on travelling with powders.

The Australian Government is enforcing new limits on how much powder product you can pack in carry-on baggage on international flights and tougher screening at airport security.

The new rules will also apply to Australian domestic passengers departing from international terminals, reports news.com.au.

The new powder restrictions affect international flights to and from Australia. From 30 June 2018, flyers will only be permitted a maximum of 350mL or 350 grams of “inorganic powders” in their carry-on luggage. As per the current LAGs restrictions, this does not affect domestic flights within Australia.

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Make-up products such as foundation and blush and powders such as baby formula will have to be taken out of a passenger’s carry-on baggage at security as part of the increased measures.

The Australian Government is distinguishing between organic powders, such as baby formula, coffee, protein powder and spices, and inorganic powders, such as talcum powders, foot powders, powdered detergent, some cosmetics and cleaning products.

Organic powders are fine but restrictions apply to inorganic powders.

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  • Better to have restrictions than have an incident on the plane. I rarely travel these days, but just go with the flow when I do.


  • Is Security in Airports going to supply formula if planes are delayed and babies need feeds???? I know a Mum who premixed formula in case the plane was delayed. the weight of the water meant her hand luggage was overweight and she was charged extra because of it. The plane was delayed for a few hours and the baby drank 2 bottles of formula before they boarded the plane. If they are banning formula being taken onto planes – they will have to keep a supply of several brands and types of formula onboard. It Security tests formula passengers have with them it is likely to be a huge risk of contamination. Families will be forced to stop flying on holidays and the economy will suffer. Some areas may even become ghost towns.


  • They really are upping security and in a way I don’t blame them. I’ll be going on my first trip in a couple of months so I’m glad I know about this now


  • So I wonder how they will be checking, sniffing and testing each powder? People will get creative and just put the restricted powders in containers that are not restricted. Most of these items can be purchased on arrival anyway so no real need to take them.


  • Are we not getting a little bit over the top now? They have drug screening which would pick up if you were carrying any drug powders and also dogs that would pick up on gun powders. I would have no problem with more dog squads going through but I think that we tend to get large enough delays as it is.


  • I don’t mind if it means safety for my family.


  • The more restrictions the better! We love to travel but always worry about certain people and/or items being transported – happy to see tighter controls!


  • Good to see more security measures,so I’m happy to wait a little longer,I always have my foundation & blush in a zip lock bag & take it out always to show them,(mind you,I don’t think the liquid foundation is a problem,it’s less than 100ml& it’s powder foundation they are interested in)other than that,I don’t have any other things on the list. I read on another site today the reason for the restrictions on powders,sand,salt ect,is because these things can be used in bomb making :O


  • Oh, that’s interesting. I hadn’t read about these restrictions yet.


  • Better to be safe than sorry. I don’t usually travel with anything on the list and am surprised by many of the items on the list.


  • I am willing to wait longer no problem and be safe


  • At least they are trying to safeguard against people that want to hurt us.


  • Yep heard and seen this on the news…but it’s to safeguard our safety.


  • This article came just in time — my parents, sister and her family are all going overseas on Saturday, so I’ve shared this with them!


  • I would rather wait in a long line and have every precaution taken for the safety of everybody.

    • It makes me feel reassured and calm about flying!


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