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tsa ban on powders

What Happened

Last July there was a foiled plot to blow up a plane in Australia. The attempted attackers planned to use an improvised explosive device on a passenger plane but, thankfully, the device was retrieved at the check-in desk before the attackers could board their flight.

How it Impacts Travelers

As a new preventative measure, the Transportation Security Administration added powders to their list of carry-on limits. The current list includes liquids, gels, creams etc. and now powders like baby formula, protein powder and cosmetics powders are being added to the ranks.

What Does This Mean for Your Travel Beauty Bag?

Well, not a whole lot.

While many news outlets are causing panic over the new rule in regards to your cosmetics, the impact is actually very minimal. The official TSA website says powder-like substances greater than 12 oz / 350 mL in a single container must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening.

Almost all compact powders are well under the 12oz / 350mL/g range. In fact, most brands sit around the 7-12g range.

Paying Attention to Cosmetics Sizes

While you may be still be tsa-approved, you should still look into downsizing your makeup bag if you travel often. Makeup bags are bulky, they take up a lot of room and It's getting more and more expensive to check a bag.

At Subtl Beauty, we are launching customizable, TSA-friendly makeup stack for women who travel frequently. Our Subtl Beauty Stack is lightweight, compact and will save you a whole 20% of bag space when you switch your makeup bag for a Subtl Beauty Stack. 

Get exclusive updates and early product access by joining our waitlist!