Tuesday 20 November, 2018

New US restrictions to affect powders in carry-on luggage at NMIA

Travelers are being advised that starting from June 30, new US restrictions affecting powders in carry-on luggage will affect people entering America.

As a result, powdered and granular substances such as cosmetics, talcum powder, ground coffee, cake mixes, flour, drink mixes and spices weighing 12 ounces/340 grams or more, must be packed in checked bags only, NMIA Airports Limited -  a subsidiary of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) - outlined in a media release on Thursday afternoon.

It said passengers departing Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) for the US will be checked for powdered substances in packages 12 ounces/ 340 grams or more at the security screening checkpoint.

Powdered or granular substances in packages of 12 ounces or larger will not be allowed beyond the checkpoint. However, medically-prescribed powder-like substances and baby formulas of 12 ounces/340 grams or larger, are exempt, and may be transported in the cabin of the aircraft.

But sealed containers will be inspected for signs of alteration or tampering to the packaging, and containers that are unsealed are inspected to ensure the contents are consistent with the labels.

The airport said passengers will still be able to buy packages of powdered substance in the airport, post-security checkpoint. However, passengers with connecting flights who purchase powdered substances after the security checkpoint must place the item(s) in their checked bags at the point of connection prior to going through security.

Or if the items are placed in Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEB) at the point of purchase, they may proceed with the item(s) in their carry-on luggage.

The airport said the new procedure is similar to the treatment of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs).

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