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Limit air passengers’ cabin bags to one: CISF

With delays and congestion due to passengers carrying several pieces of hand baggage, CISF has asked BCAS to instruct airlines and airports to meticulously follow 'one hand bag rule' to ease congestion and security issues. (Photo: Mint)Premium
With delays and congestion due to passengers carrying several pieces of hand baggage, CISF has asked BCAS to instruct airlines and airports to meticulously follow 'one hand bag rule' to ease congestion and security issues. (Photo: Mint)

  • BCAS had in an earlier order stipulated that passengers will carry no more than one hand bag weighing up to seven kilograms. Exceptions were made for lady's bags and laptop bags

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NEW DELHI: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has written to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) asking it to instruct airlines and airports to limit the number of handbags per passenger to just one.

The idea is to reduce congestion and delays at pre-embarkation security check (PESC) in airports. A seperate note stated that items like lady’s hand bag, overcoat /wrap, rug/blanket, reading material, umbrella/walking stick, carrying baskets for infant, collapsible wheel chair/clutches, and gift items purchases from duty free shops will be allowed in addition to one cabin baggage.

“As per BCAS AVSEC Circular Nos. 06/2000 & Lt12000, no passenger should be permitted to carry more than one hand bag other than those items already listed in the circular including lady’s bag. But, it has been seen that passenger on an average carries 02-03 Nos of hand bags to the screening point," CISF said in a letter to the Director General of BCAS. “This has led to increased clearance time and delays, congestion in PESC point and inconvenience to passengers. It is thus felt that enforcement of circulars must be ensured," it added.

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