Here’s what you need to know about the airport’s new luggage rules before you pack your bags…
If you’re jetting off on holiday today, well, we’re very jealous of you.
However green eyes aside, there’s some new rules that travellers passing through Dubai International Airport need to be aware of from March 8.
Airport authorities are enforcing stricter regulations on passenger luggage – and flouting the rules could cost you.
From today, only bags with flat sides can be checked in.
So those with unique round cases, bound-together bags, or lumpy carryalls, you’ll need to invest in some new suitcases ASAP.
Not sure what the difference is? To make things clearer, here are some examples of regulation bags, according to Dubai International Airport:
And what’s now banned? Luggage such as this:
The airport is cracking down on irregular-shaped baggage in a bid to prevent blockages (and therefore delays) in the handling process.
“Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, vice-president of Terminal Operations at Dubai International, in a statement.
“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.”
Any passengers trying to check in luggage that doesn’t conform to the new rules will be stopped from doing so at the counter.
Instead, they’ll be offered the option of having their belongings repacked in boxes for a fee (there’s no set cost listed as of yet).