No More Than 350g Of Inorganic Powder Allowed For Hand-Luggage On US, Australia & New Zealand Flights

Dear travellers, if you’re already confused about carry-on restrictions, good luck.

Now, there’s another item to add on to your worry.

Starting 30 Jun, passengers are not allowed to carry-on 350ml (350g) of “inorganic powders” onboard flights to the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

This new rule will affect more than 30 flights a day in Singapore.


Ban on inorganic powders exceeding 350g

Inorganic powders must not exceed 350ml or 350g.

This is approximately the size of an average can of soda.

Restrictions include:

  • Salt
  • Bath bombs
  • Talcum powder
  • Sand
  • Powdered deodorant
  • Foot powder
  • Cosmetics – both compressed & loose powders (depending on brand)
  • Powdered detergent & cleaning products (depending on brand)


Guests are reminded to check in all inorganic powders which exceed the new limit.

Organic powder is fine

There is no limit on bringing in organic powder.

But these items must be presented to officers during security checks.

Organic powder* comprises of:

  • Powder baby formula
  • Human ashes
  • Medical or therapeutic products

*Powder which consists of or is derived from living matter.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) advised passengers to store all items in a properly sealed bag.

Just like as the ones we typically use to carry liquid, gels and aerosols.


Restrictions due to foiled bomb plot

Apparently this restriction came into place because of a foiled conspiracy to bomb an Etihad Airways plane flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Now, these restrictions apply to all flights to and from the US, Australia & New Zealand.

Travellers on the affected flights from Singapore – SIA’s SQ32, United Airlines’ UA2 and UA38, and Delta Air Lines’ DL166 – will be going through additional security screening after mandatory security checks at the boarding gate.

Thus, passengers are urged to head over to their boarding gates early so as to have adequate time for screening.

No gel, no liquid, no powder

First gel restrictions, then liquid, and now powder. We wonder what’s next?

Good luck avid travellers.

Don’t forgot to discard your excess powder on your way out.

Featured image from Facebook and Parenting Healthy Babies.