Domestic flight passengers won’t be allowed to carry more than one cabin bag inside the aircraft. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has ordered the airports and airlines to enforce the rule laid out by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) regarding the one bag order. Because passengers are carrying more than one cabin bag, they are choking the security check-in counters.
“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,” CISF said in an order issued on Wednesday.
“However, it has been seen that passengers on an average carry 02-03 Nos of hand bags to the screening point. This has led to increased clearance time as well as delays, congestion in PESC point and inconvenience to passengers. It is, therefore, felt that enforcement of the aforesaid Circulars must be ensured by all stakeholders/airlines,” the order further read.
“Airport Operators may be instructed to place hoarding/banner/board/ standees displaying the contents of the 'One hand bag Rule' near the check-in counters, vantage locations before SHA (security hold areas) at the airports, so that passengers get sensitized and if required, have an option to switch their extra hand bags to registered baggage,” the order read.