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New guidelines regarding powders in carry-on luggage go into effect June 30

As a reminder, enhanced screening of powder-like substances for all international flights to the United States is set to begin on June 30. Airport security screeners have been advised to begin conducting secondary checks on powders in quantities greater than what would fit in a standard soda can (12 fluid ounces or 350 milliliters). If the substance cannot be cleared by airport screeners it will be prohibited from the passenger cabin of the aircraft.

Powder-like substances are described as fine dry particles produced by crushing, grinding or disintegration of a solid substance (i.e. ground coffee, spices, powdered milk or drink mixes and cosmetics.) Some powders are exempt including baby formula, medically necessary powders and human remains.

To reduce the chance that aviation security authorities might disallow the transport of any powder-like substances in carry-on luggage, travelers are advised to place these items in their checked bags. Travelers who prefer to try to bring powders into the aircraft cabin will need to remove the items from their carry-on luggage and place them into a screening bin.

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Orlando Airport to use face scans for all international travelers

Orlando International Airport will become the first U.S. airport to screen all passengers arriving and departing from international destinations using facial recognition tools.  The new procedures are part of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trial program and have already been successfully tested on a limited basis at 13 airports.

During the verification process a camera will scan the traveler’s face. The system will then compare the picture to Department of Homeland Security databases.  According to CBP officials, the process takes less than two seconds and yields a 99 percent match rate. U.S. citizens can opt out and instead go through traditional screening.

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