Domestic passengers to be allowed only one cabin bag

Domestic passengers will be allowed to carry only one bag and a laptop carrier or a purse inside the aircraft cabin, with the security forces asking airlines to implement the executive order.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) wants implementation of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s (BCAS) order, which bars passengers from carrying more than one handbag besides a vanity purse or a laptop bag inside the aircraft cabin.

The CISF has asked the airport operators and airlines to implement the order after it found passengers flying with more than one cabin baggage. The practice is choking the security check-in counters at airports.

“As per BCAS AVSEC circulars…, no passenger should be permitted to carry more than one handbag other than those items already listed in the circular including lady’s bags,” CISF said in a note to BCAS and other stakeholders. “However, it has been seen that passengers on an average carry two-three handbags to the screening point. This has led to increased clearance time as well as delays.”

The CISF, which guards all key airports across the country, has asked all airlines to inform passengers by putting this message on boarding passes/tickets.


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