Does this mean that an air passenger can only carry one bag in his hand inside the plane (aside from the check in luggage which goes into the cargo hold of the plane) and nothing else.
Let us take a closer look.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) recently wrote to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) calling for the enforcement of the rule limiting the number of handbags per air passenger at one.
The CISF raised the issue of passengers with multiple handbags causing delay, increased clearance times and congestion, and overall inconvenience of other travelers.
Interestingly, the CISF communication only pointed to earlier BCAS circulars issued in this regard, and called for strict implementation of earlier circulars.
“It is therefore felt that the enforcement of the aforesaid Circulars must be assured by all stakeholders/airlines,” the communication said.
It thus asked the BCAS to inform airlines and airport operators accordingly and implement the following measures: implement one handbag rule ‘meticulously’, depute staff to ensure the same before security checks, conspicuously display the said rule on tickets, banners/hoardings, and vantage locations.
At this juncture, it would be pertinent to examine what the old circulars, issued in the year 2000, mandate as the BCAS has only called for implementation of the earlier circulars.