New airport rule limits number of handbags for airline passengers


To reduce congestion and enhance security at airports, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) reduced the number of handbags per passenger to one on Friday. The latest BCAS circular comes after it found that travelers with more than one handbag in the cabin were choking security check-in counters at airports.

In accordance with the BCAS AVSEC circular, “No passenger should be permitted to carry more than one handbag other than the items already listed in the circular, including the lady’s bag. However, it has been found that the passenger carries on average 02-03 Nos of hand luggage at the checkpoint.This has caused an increase in customs clearance time as well as delays, congestion at the PESC point and inconvenience to passengers.So it is estimated that the application of the circulars above must be ensured by all stakeholders / airlines.

According to the notification, the rule applies to all domestic flights within India.

The BCAS circular noted that the airline may be made responsible and delegate staff to guide passengers, check and verify the status of their handbags, etc., before allowing the passenger to submit to checks. security before boarding.

“All airlines may be asked to properly notify pax and display ‘handbag rule’ on their tickets/boarding passes in a prominent manner,” the order reads.

The order further stipulated that airport operators could be instructed to place signs/banners/boards/displays displaying the contents of the “purse bag rule” near check-in counters, advantageous locations before SHA in airports, so that passengers get sensitized and, if necessary, have the possibility to turn their extra handbags into checked baggage

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