Dubai airports impose new baggage regulations

A passanger arrives at Al-Maktoum International airport in Dubai. (AFP)

Passengers flying out of Dubai International Airport will have to abide by new baggage regulations that went into effect on Wednesday that will see “irregularly shaped and oversized items” rejected at the check-in counters.

Luggage that do not have at least one flat surface will be rejected as authorities said they reduce the risk of mishandlings during the check-in 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.

“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,” Angizeh added in a press statement.

One of the new rules imposed is that bags cannot be larger than 90 centimeters long, 75 centimeters high and 60 centimeters wide.

Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest air-travel gateways in the world, with a record 8 million passengers in January.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49