BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jul.01 – BEGINNING yesterday, all travelers heading to or passing through Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport will not be allowed to carry on powder or powder materials.
The announcement was made on Friday by management of the Bridgetown Airport, after the United States Transport Security Administration implemented new guidelines for persons and flights entering the North American country.
In a statement obtained by SKNVibes News today, members of the public were advised that from Saturday, June 30, the Grantley Adams International Airport will be implementing new procedures for travelling with powder-like substances on flights departing Barbados.
“Powder-like substances are described as fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing or disintegration of a solid substance. These substances include flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk, baby powder, foot powder, cooking powder, bath salt, sea salt, sand, and cosmetics, among others. Baby formula, medically necessary powders and/or human remains are not included,” the statement read.
SKNVibes understands that a similar position was taken by the TSA for all flights leaving the Caribbean and entering the United States.
According to the airport authorities, travelers with these substances and granular material over 350 grams (12 ounces) will be required to place them in their checked luggage and not in their carry-on bags, so as to reduce the chance of aviation security authorities having to dispose of these items at the checkpoint and/or gate.
Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis frequent the island, since it serves as the source point for many seeking visas to enter the United States.
SKNVibes reached out to Airport Manager at the RLB Airport to seek clarification on if a similar plan has been implemented but was unsuccessful.
Abc7Chicago reported earlier this month that passengers carrying larger amounts than the size of a soda can will have their bags opened and the powdered substance screened for possible explosives.
According to the report, all international airports with nonstop flights to the United States will be asked to implement the new measure.