Dubai has new changes on baggage requirements imposed by aviation authorities, a spokesperson for Emirates told Gulf News. The new rules went in effect on March 8, 2017 at Dubai International.
What are Dubai’s new changes on baggage requirements?
- No irregular shaped bags;
- No oversized bags;
- No round bags;
- All bags should have a flat surface
Passengers with non-compliant baggage will have to repack in boxes for a fee, tells the news source. Airport authorities are enforcing these stricter luggage rules. As Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International explains, bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind in them are the largest source of baggage jams, which can (and have in the past) shut down sections of DXB’s baggage handling system thereby delaying baggage delivery to the aircraft and being an inconvenience to the customers.
Passengers should also take note of the general Dubai Airport’s Carry-on and Checked Baggage rules:
- Do not carry liquids over 100ml in your hand luggage
- Do not carry electronics (*new ban for US-bound flights) in your hand luggage
- Place containers in a clear, resealed plastic bag and put it in your hand luggage
- A maximum baggage size of 300cm (118 inches) is allowed; anything over cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight. However, the item may be accepted in exceptional cases and then excess charges would also apply
- For check-in of oversize baggage, those 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
- Generally, the amount of carry-on baggage you may bring depends on which service class you are flying. Usually, two pieces of baggage are allowed for international travel, with the total weight not to exceed 32kg
Let’s not forget the U.S. New Electronics Ban and Checked Baggage. For Emirates and Etihad flights operating to North America, passengers are subject to additional baggage rules: all electronics (except phones and medical devices) are to be “strictly prohibited” in the passenger cabin until they reach their final destination, according to US media.
Therefore, any travel plans from the UAE to the US are to abide by the new rules. Previously allowed items like laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics won’t be allowed in carry-on luggage, effective 21 March 2017; passengers will be obliged to put such devices in checked baggage at UAE International airports before boarding the airlines.
The U.S. government ban on electronic items in flight cabins on some nonstop trips to the U.S. affects nine airlines including Emirates and all non-stop flights to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The restrictions will be indefinite, said a U.S. official to The Associated Press. The reason for the ban was not clear and no U.S. security officials would comment; however, it seems the restrictions were enforces in response to a specific threat related to batteries potentially used as explosives.
It’s important to remember that airport security staff won’t let anything through the gates that they consider dangerous after screening the contents – even if it’s normally allowed in hand luggage. Check with your airline for more details on what you can bring on board.
According to MSN – Money, Emirates has already worked on reassuring its passenger that plenty of entertainment will be available on board thanks to its in-flight entertainment with over 2,500 channels of movies, TV shows and music. A commercial, titled “Let us Entertain You” and featuring world-famous actress Jennifer Aniston in the economy cabin of an Emirates Airbus A380, was released in support of the campaign.