The new baggage rule at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA) came into force as of the 1st of October.
The new rules, announced by the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), aim to eliminate jams in the Baggage Handling System that cause shutdowns, delays, and inconvenience to passengers and airlines.
Items that will no longer be permitted include round and irregular shaped bags, irregular shaped bags tied with loose rope or string, bags with loose straps, and blanket wrapped bags.
Regular out-of-gauge and odd-shaped items such as baby strollers, bicycles, wheelchairs, and golf bags will be still allowed.
To avoid delays at the check-in area, all passengers are urged to use baggage with at least one flat surface, regular travel bags, or properly packed boxes with a flat surface.
The new rules also will play a major role in enhancing the efficiency of the state-of-the-art Baggage Handling System at BIA’s new Passenger Terminal Building.
It is noteworthy that the new system features an 8.6-kilometer conveyer belt and will be capable of processing up to 4,800 bags an hour.