When returning to the Gulf after a visit home, expatriates often pack pickles, ghee, and everything else. We know those are not just food items but a token of love and care from family members. Missing them doesn’t just feel right, and hence expatriates make sure to take it back with them to the UAE. However, as of right now, they are not allowed to check in with such products; doing so will just cause problems.
Flying To UAE? You Can No Longer Carry This Items
Recently, the list of objects that are prohibited during plane travel from India to the United Arab Emirates has been made public by the authorities.
Several forbidden items that are often discovered in checked baggage include pickles, ghee, dried coconut (copra), matchboxes, crackers, paint, camphor, and other greasy culinary items. Other goods that are frequently discovered include spray bottles, power banks, lighters, and e-cigarettes.
Many travelers bring all of these things without being aware that they are prohibited. This entails danger. These things might intensify any mishap because they are prone to explosions. Last year, 943 dry coconuts were discovered in passenger check-in luggage in just one month. Dried coconut can start a fire because of its high oil content.
In March 2022, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in India included it on their list of prohibited products. Still, the majority of passengers are unaware of this. The growing number of bags being refused upon check-in suggests that regular travelers are unaware of the forbidden or hazardous goods aboard the aircraft. (As per Onmanorama)
Prioritize Learning The Rules
Authorities are now pleading with travelers to prioritize learning about and comprehending the rules that the airport or airlines have given about what is and isn’t allowed.
From December 2022 to May 2023, the percentage of screened bags that were refused during check-in rose from 0.31 percent to 0.73 percent. An 8-kilometer baggage belt at the Mumbai airport can handle 4,800 bags an hour at Terminal 1 and 9,600 bags an hour at Terminal 2.
The action is being taken at a time when the India-UAE aviation corridor is among the busiest, with many Indians visiting the Gulf for work, vacation, and commerce. Furthermore, as the holiday season draws closer, the number of tourists is probably going to rise dramatically.
There has been a surge in the number of cases where check-in baggage has been refused due to local and international travelers carrying such prohibited items.
- Dry coconut (copra)
- Oily food items
- Power banks
- Spray bottles
It is equally the responsibility of passengers to ensure both their own safety and the safety of other passengers. Both travelers and the airport have significant roles to play in this cooperative endeavor. Adherence to safety requirements, such as the proper management of personal goods and prohibited substances, is essential for a hassle-free and secure trip.
Make sure you check the list before you leave.
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