Many Goans, either for shopping or business keeps frequenting to Dubai which is one of the most sought after tourism destination in the Gulf Countries. But if you are having any travel plans in the near future, then you must read this article carefully. This feature article is all about the recent development that has taken place in this month in regards to the luggage one carries while traveling to Dubai. According to the sources, Dubai government have done some major changes in the luggage rules at Dubai Airport. The new rule will come into the force from March 8, 2017, said the sources.
Based on the news published in the Gulf News, one of the most circulated news media in the oil-rich country, The passengers who show up at the Dubai International airport after the 8th March, 2017 the baggages which are not complying with the new baggage rules will be asked to to repack in boxes for a fee Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Web Reporter 12:50 March 2, 2017.
The sources have said that travellers passing through Dubai International Airport might have to invest in some new suitcases if they don’t comply with strict new baggage regulations. From March 8, the airport will not accept any oversized, round or lumpy bags. Placing bags on the conveyor that are bound together is also a no-no. Only bags that have a flat surface will be checked in. Why is your favorite old giant duffel bag no longer allowed? Well, apparently because they get stuck in the baggage system, which can break the machine and cause flight delays. (Source)
“Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International. “However, even the most technologically advanced systems can be disrupted by irregular shaped or oversized bags. Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest source of baggage jams. “These jams can shut down sections of our system, delay baggage delivery to the aircraft and inconvenience our customers,” he said.
According to the rules, round bags that do not have a flat surface will not be checked-in. Dubai Airports has also advised all airlines operating into the airport of the new regulations that will take place next month. “Passengers, who show up at the airport with non-compliant baggage, will also be given the option to have it repacked in boxes for a fee.”
Stretching 140 kilometers and covering a surface area of 75 football fields, DXB’s baggage handling system is among the largest in the world. It has 15,000 trays and is powered by 21,000 motors. Dubai International Airport handled approximately 9.3 million bags in January this year. A bag spends an average of 29 minutes in the baggage system at DXB.
THE GUIDELINES SET DOWN BY THE DUBAI AIRPORT AUTHORITY
- Please do not carry liquids over 100ml in your hand luggage. Also:
- Place containers in a clear, resealable plastic bag.
- Put the resealable bag in your hand luggage.
- Generally, two pieces of baggage are allowed for international travel, with the total weight not exceeding 32kg. However, this may vary by airline and fare type. Check with your airline before you fly.
- Baggage larger than 90cm long, 75cm high and 60cm wide, or that does not have a single flat surface, will need to be checked in at the oversized baggage counter. Please allow extra time to check-in oversize baggage.
- Excess baggage must be repacked. Excess baggage fees typically apply
- Pack personal belongings in your hand luggage.
- Keep a laptop where it can be easily reached: you’ll need to place it in a separate security tray at the security scan.
- Always remove old baggage tags. They may cause the baggage system to reject the bag they’re attached to.
- Avoid using cardboard boxes. They need to be processed manually, which takes longer. And they’re not as durable.
- Don’t forget travel insurance.