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New baggage policy at Dubai International Airport
Effective 8 March, Dubai International Airport will introduce a new baggage policy rule in an effort to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandling and enhancing the performance of its check-in baggage operation.
The new rule will see bags without flat surfaces rejected at check-in.
According to airport management 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,”said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International.
“We are trying to get the message out there as much as possible,” added Angizeh. “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.”
Dubai Airports has advised all airlines operating into DXB of the imminent change and has updated its website, mobile app and signage across the airport to help raise awareness.
US Electronic device Ban
Be advised that guests travelling to the US are not permitted to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone on board flights.
Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items including laptops, tablets, cameras and e-readers will need to be placed into baggage that is checked in. This must be done at the start of your guests’ journey. The ban does not affect flights leaving from the US.
These new rules come into effect for flights to the US effective 25 March.
Passengers checking in from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban to United States should be advised that these items should be checked in from Cape Town , Johannesburg or Durban if they are opting for through check in facilities.