Domestic air passengers should be allowed to carry only one baggage in the cabin of the aircraft subject to certain exemptions, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has told the civil aviation security agency BCAS. Citing issues of congestion at pre-embarkation security checkpoints at airports due to passengers carrying 2-3 hand baggages, the CISF has asked the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to ensure that the one bag rule is enforced by all stakeholders and airlines. The rule provides for certain exemptions, including lady's bags.
In its communication to BCAS Director-General Nasir Kamal on January 19, the CISF said carrying more than one bag to the screening point leads to increased clearance time as well as delays, congestion in pre-embarkation security check (PESC) point, and inconvenience to passengers.
"As per BCAS AVSCEC circular 06/2000 and 11/2000, no passengers should be permitted to carry more than one handbag other than those items already listed in the circular including lady's bag. However, it has often been seen that passengers on average carry 2-3 bags to the screening point. This has led to increased clearance time as well as delays, congestion in PESC point and inconvenience to passengers," the CISF stated.
It is, therefore, felt that the enforcement of the aforesaid circular must be ensured by all stakeholders/ airline, it stated. It further said, "All airlines and airport operators may be instructed to take steps to implement one handbag rule meticulously on the ground to ease out the congestion and other security concerns."
The CISF, in the communication to BACS, also said all airlines be made "responsible" and depute staff to guide passengers and verify their handbag status, among others, before allowing passengers for the pre-embarkation check.
Also, all airlines must be directed suitably to inform passengers and display "one handbag rule" on their tickets/ boarding passes conspicuously, it stated.
For airports, the CISF wants the operators to be instructed to place hoardings/ banners and standees, displaying the content of the one handbag rule near the check-in counters and vantage locations before SHA (security hold are) at the airports, according to the communication.
According to the rules, in addition to one piece of cabin baggage or package, passengers are allowed to carry one following personal item, which can be: a lady's hand bag, an overcoat or wrap, a rug or a blanket, a camera or binoculars, a reasonable amount of reading material, walking stick, umbrella (folding type), medicines required during Flight like Asthma inhaler etc, and a laptop. In case one is travelling with a baby, the childâ€™s food, carrying basket, feeding bottle, is allowed. For those dependent, a collapsible wheelchair or pair of crutches or braces are also allowed.