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Japanese airlines to introduce screening on carry-on powder items for U.S.-bound flights

  • June 21, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

Japanese airlines will launch new screening for powders in carry-on luggage of passengers on U.S.-bound flights within the month, several aviation sources revealed on June 20. The step is part of pre-boarding measures that they are stepping up at the request of the U.S. government to prevent terrorism. They will select passengers at random near boarding gates and examine their carry-on luggage. Powders exceeding a certain volume will be prohibited from being brought into the aircraft cabin. According to airport sources, this will become the first pre-boarding screening measure to be exclusively introduced for powders.


Foreign airlines are expected to follow suit. An aviation expert points out the danger of powders being used for terrorism by saying that “some powder items catch fire through friction and can become explosives if they are tampered with” and explains that the measure can be effective in preventing terrorism. But the new screening process requires time and may cause confusion among passengers and delays in departure time.


Direct flights to the U.S. are available at Shin-Chitose, Haneda, Narita, Chubu, Kansai International and Fukuoka airports.


According to airport sources, powders, such as flour, sugar, salt, seasonings, spices, powder coffee and cosmetics, are expected to be subject to the pre-boarding screening. Passengers are expected to be prohibited from bringing powders 350 mL or more in volume into the cabin. Whether infant formulas and medications will be included among the restricted items are still under consideration. Passengers will be asked to open their carry-on bags for screening near boarding gates. (Abridged)

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