Can you bring protein powder on a plane?
Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition
Can you bring protein powder on a plane? You can bring protein powder on a commercial airline as long as you follow the guidelines below. Once you know what to expect, traveling with protein powder is easy.
You can take protein powder on a plane.
Wondering how to travel with protein powder? Wondering if you can bring protein powder on a plane? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has lots of rules about what you can and cannot bring on an airplane, and it can be hard to stay up-to-date. Luckily for you, we have the scoop on traveling with protein powder!
According to the TSA, you can bring protein powder on a plane in both carry-on and checked bags. Here is the official guideline.
If you would like to bring more than 12 oz (about the size of a soda can) of protein powder in a carry-on, however, you must place it in a separate bin for X-ray screening, just like you would do for a laptop. The TSA warns that they may require additional screening, and that containers may need to be opened. They therefore recommend that you place containers with more than 12 oz of protein powder in a checked bag.
Disclaimer: The final decision on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint always rests with the TSA officer. If security officials cannot identify the substance — “effectively detect and resolve powders through testing protocols” — you may have to throw it out! It is therefore always a good idea to check your protein powder if you can.
How to pack protein powder for air travel?
Protein powder does not need to be transported in its original container, and you can bring multiple containers. Moreover, there is no limit on how much protein powder you can bring in your carry-on; just plan on placing all containers with more than 12 oz of protein powder in a separate bin for X-ray screening.
These guidelines apply for domestic flights and international flights departing the United States. If you are departing a foreign country, the airport security rules for that country will apply. Additional questions? You can always contact the TSA for more information.
To reiterate, you can bring protein powder on a plane, and it is recommended that you store containers with more than 12 oz of powder in a checked bag.
You can bring protein powder on a plane!