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Travelers flying into US face new carry on restrictions

Cancun, Q.R. — International passengers traveling into the United States now have another new restriction. As of June 30, international passengers going to the US carrying powdered products will be subject to inspection.

A new restriction imposed by the Transportation Security Administration now means passengers cannot carry powdered substance of more than 12 ounces in their hand luggage. Products such as flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk (such as baby formula), protein powders and cosmetics cannot be in a receptacle larger than 12 ounces.

The Transportation Security Administration says the new rule affecting the size of containers holding powdery substances applies to items packed in carry-on bags on flights bound for the United States from abroad.

Objects larger than 12 ounces may be subjected to additional screening at the checkpoint. If security officials cannot identify the substance, the passenger can place the material in his or her checked luggage or toss it, but may not board the plane with it.

“There are a range of powders that could be used to irritate or harm aircraft passengers and air crew if released during flight,” said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman. “TSA is working with international partners to align global aviation security standards.”

American Airlines, one of the main carriers between Mexico and the US, recommends passengers to the United States who wish to transport powdered substances of more than 12 ounces (355 milliliters) do so in their checked baggage to avoid delays.