He said the instructions are applicable on all Air-India flights anywhere in the world.
"This has been done keeping in mind the increasing security threats every day," said Mr Naik. "We have taken these measures so that all items of explosive nature or supporting explosions are excluded from the baggage."
Mr Naik said the 'not allowed' list includes all liquids, gels, or aerosols of any size, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, shampoos, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair spray, liquid cosmetics and any other items of similar consistency.
"However, these items can be carried as checked-in baggage," he said. Mr Naik said since passengers going to Mumbai yesterday were not aware of the new rules, all banned items in their hand baggage were collected and tagged at the boarding gate before they were sent to the hold. "Those items were then able to be retrieved at the destination," he said. "However, passengers will now have to leave the banned articles behind if they are found in hand baggage."
A frequent traveller on Air-India out of Bahrain, C R Nambiar, who is also the general secretary of the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), said this decision would create a lot of inconvenience for the passengers.
"However, in the interest of security, we will have to live with it," he said.
Mr Nambiar said it will not be a problem for passengers with certain toiletries, but they would have no choice but to now buy more expensive duty free items either on board or from their destinations. Other airlines have the rule in place only to the US, where the Department of Homeland Security has temporarily banned liquids and gels on board.
Source:gulf-daily-news.comGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16