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Sharjah International Airport Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Sharjah: Passengers travelling through Sharjah International Airport have been advised to follow new baggage regulations effective December 4.

Once the new baggage policy in place, bags that do not have at least one flat surface will be rejected at check-in, including irregularly shaped and oversized items, as they can bog down the luggage-handling process.

Customers are also advised not to bring round bags to the airport to ensure smooth handling of baggage as irregular shaped or round bags jam the baggage system, delay baggage delivery and cause inconvenience to passengers.

Similar baggage rules were introduced at the Dubai International Airport early last year.

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Sharjah Airport new baggage rules Image Credit: Gulf News

Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, told Gulf News on Monday that packing baggage as per the new regulations can save valuable time at the airport as it will allow hassle free start to passengers for their trip.

An awareness campaign in this regard has already been launched at the airport [check-in counter]. Airlines and travel agencies have also been informed about the new regulations and were told to provide information to the passengers about the new baggage regulations.

Al Midfa said that the airport will not accept any baggage packed in violation of the new regulations with effect from December 4.

He explained that any baggage accepted for travel must have at least one flat surface. The new rules also don’t mean that passengers who fail to comply won’t be allowed to check in their belongings, as they still have an option to repack their stuff for a fee or proceed to the oversized baggage counter.

Passengers checking in at Sharjah International Airport. PHOTO:AHMED RAMZAN

In case the baggage does not have one flat surface, it needs to be re-packed into an approved cardboard box. HALA Services at the airport is the only authorised agent for re-packing materials, which include approved boxes. The passenger will be charged Dh20 as baggage re-packing fees.

He said baggages tied with a rope will also be rejected. Two items tied together are also not acceptable at the check-in counter.

Baggage larger than 90cm long, 75cm high and 60cm wide, or that does not have a single Flat surface will need to be checked in at the oversized baggage counter.

Tips for a smooth check-in

  • Pack personal belongings and items needed on-board in your hand luggage.
  • Be sure to keep your passport with you at all times
  • Keep a laptop or tablet where it can be easily reached and this will need to be screened separately at the security scan areas.
  • Always remove old baggage tags as these may cause the baggage to be rejected
  • Make sure you know what your baggage looks like and keep hold of your baggage receipts for easy identification at your destination.
  • Use a bag that has at least one flat surface.
  • Do not use irregularly shaped suitcases.
  • Don’t tie thick plastic ropes around your luggage. If you must, secure it with a tape.
  • Adhere to the weight limit specified by your carrier.