What do we do about taking protein powder on a flight? Cruise? Out of the country?
Let’s give some thought to this issue so we can use common sense to avoid a problem.
We have consulted with TSA and travel professionals. The goal is to take protein powder on a flight, without it being confiscated.
What does your baggie of powder resemble?
Drugs, poison, chemical to toss in the air on a crowded flight perhaps. It is suspicious. While security would know that it was protein if they took a closer look, they do not have to allow you to take up their time and resources. It is common for *baggies of powder* to end up in the trash.
These guys don’t want to SNIFF your powder.
That’s nuts. Not adhering to laws/rules and trying to ‘get through’ makes it less safe for the rest of us. I want TSA agents to be STRICT with the rules. The one way TSA does not accidentally allow a banned substance through a checkpoint is to toss unlabeled powders in the trash.
The reliable solution?
Take sealed and labeled packages of powder and keep vitamins in original packaging. I slip an unopened bag of Inspire into the pocket of my carry on bag and put vitamins into a small empty Journey bottle.
Within the USA, send a small box Via UPS to your destination in advance - when shipping to a hotel use the first line: JANE SMITH - GUEST 8/25. This is important as some hotels do not accept packages unless the name matches a reservation. Once again, it’s security.
‘Doctors notes’ are not foolproof.
TSA is not there to judge the authenticity of a note and are likely to toss your stuff in the trash.
Take sealed packaging - security is not a joke.
When traveling to foreign countries, security is a military operation with armed guards who are not smiling or engaging. It's never a good idea to attempt taking a bag of powder in your bag - you may be detained and you can miss your flight.
While we are excited to go on a trip, it’s easy to lose the focus WHY we are being searched before boarding a flight or cruise.
It is serious. We have not had a major terrorist event in years and we would all like to keep it that way.
Now...pack smart. Plan ahead so you can buckle up stress-free and enjoy your flight!