There are restrictions on the amount of powders, liquids,
aerosols, and gels you can take in your carry-on luggage.
If you have less than 350ml
of inorganic powder like salt, talcum powder, or
sand, it can stay in your bag. If
the total volume exceeds 350ml, it must be carried
in your checked luggage, unless for a child or medical reasons - in
which case it will be inspected.
Unlike liquids, the powders do not need
to be put in a resealable plastic bag.
The quantity of powders, liquids, aerosols and gels passengers
can carry on board international flights are restricted. The
- apply only to carry-on luggage for international flights
- do not apply to domestic flights
- do not apply to checked luggage for international flights.
LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS
The restrictions limit the volume of liquids, aerosols, and gels
carried by a single passenger on an international flight:
- To individual containers of 100ml or less. This restriction
applies to the size of the container and not its
content. If a container is larger than 100ml and the content
is less than 100ml, the item will still be prohibited.
- The total number of containers that are 100ml or less must not
exceed one volumetric litre. Passengers should present all
the liquids, aerosols, and gels in a single re-sealable 20cm by
20cm [one volumetric litre] plastic bag. Any excess will not
be allowed onto the aircraft.
The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350
millilitres, or 350 grams per person, or the approximate size of an
average can of soda.
Powder is defined as fine dry particles produced by the
grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance (for
example, flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk, baby
formula or cosmetics). Powders may also be presented in clumpy,
grain, or compressed material forms.
Inorganic powder means a powder or a similar granular substance
that does not consist of and is not derived from, living matter
Examples include but are not limited to:
- salt scrub
- bath bombs
- some talcum powders
- some powdered deodorant
- certain foot powders
- some cosmetics (both compressed and loose powders) dependent on
- some powdered detergent and cleaning products dependent on the
It may not be obvious that some items contain inorganic granular
material, such as:
- the fill (i.e. stuffing) of some toys and souvenirs
- body powders (e.g. talcum powder, foot powders and powdered
- laundry powders and other powdered cleansers
- dietary supplements (e.g. minerals or vitamins).
These restrictions are strictly applied. Aviation security
officers have the final say if there is any doubt about what items
can be carried on board.
Exemptions: Please read in detail below those items that are
exempt from the 350ml limit. This includes items such as baby
powder or formula for those travelling with a young child, cremated
human remains, therapeutic products and medicines that are exempt
from these restrictions.
For more information visit avsec.govt.nz