Baggage Policy: International Airports

Baggage policy for International Airports

Travelling to the UAE or Southeast Asia with extra baggage? Find out what is the baggage acceptance policy in your destination to avoid last-minute hassles.

As per the current rules and regulations for baggage at the Bahrain International Airport, items that match the below description will no longer be accepted:

  • Irregularly shaped baggage tied with rope.
  • Round or irregularly shaped baggage
  • Baggage with long or loose straps that restrict the movement of the luggage handling system.

Everyday out-of-gauge and odd-shaped items like baby strollers, bicycles, wheelchairs, and golf bags will still be permitted. However, we recommend using baggage with at least one flat surface, regular travel bags, or suitably packed boxes with a flat surface for swift movement.

When planning a trip to Dubai, please make sure that your baggage is suitably packed and adheres to all the rules and regulations. Be advised that out-of-gauge (OOG) baggage is charged USD 12 per piece at the Dubai Airport.

Baggage screening at Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport police have initiated baggage screening trials on Level 5. The passenger's presence is not required, and the police have the authority to remove any banned item. In such situations, the traveller will be notified with a note inside the baggage.

Carry-on Luggage Weighed at UAE Airports 

Hand baggage will be weighed at the boarding gate at all airports in the UAE. Get the details about hand baggage requirements for airports in the UAE

What is Considered Out of Gauge?

The following guidelines will help you determine what baggage will be treated as  out of gauge..

  • Luggage that doesn't comply with the minimum dimensions of 30 cm X 30 cm X 7.5 cm/ 12 in X 12 in X 3 in.
  • The baggage's total combined dimensions (length + breadth + height) should not exceed 158 cm/62 in or 75 cm/30 in 
  • Baggage that meets the dimensional requisites but weighs less than 2 kg/4 lb.
  • Fragile items or baggage without at least one flat surface.
  • Luggage that can damage or slow down  the baggage handling system.
  • TVs and flat panel displays. (Maximum screen size permitted is 43 inches
  • Golf bags are treated as OOG.

Non-conveyable Items Must be Packed in Boxes

Non-conveyable items can damage or slow down the baggage handling system. Baggage that is irregular in shape or does not have at least one flat surface is deemed non-conveyable.

The following items are examples of non-conveyable baggage items:

  • Bags, backpacks, sport bags that have loose straps or handles that cannot be removed, secured, or stowed
  • Garment bags used to carry suits, dresses, etc.
  • Car seats for children
  • Items that display evidence of being damaged
  • Items secured by rope
  • Golf bags
  • Electronics such TVs 
  • Items in Plastic Bags – Place into a box.

Boxing services for non-conveyable baggage

Boxing services for non-conveyable baggage are available in the terminal check-in area. Non-conveyable baggage must be secured in boxes prior to check-in.

Luggage with no flat surface, tied with rope, or wrapped in a blanket is chargeable at Omani airports. Such baggage inconsistent in shape and size is considered OOG (out-of-gauge) or SOOG (super-out-of-gauge). 

Your baggage is OOG or SOOG if:

  • Baggage does not meet minimum dimensions of 30 cm x 8 cm x 7.5 cm/11 in x 3 in x 2.9 in
  • Baggage dimensions exceed 100 cm x 75 cm x 60 cm/39.3 in x 29.5 in x 23.6 in and weigh less than 7 kg/15.4 lbs
  • Consists of TVs and flat panel display with a screen size of over 43 inches. Passengers departing Muscat can carry flat TVs with screen size up to 55 inches using the extra baggage allowance service. 

A fee of OMR 4 per piece will be charged for non-standard baggage at the following airports in Oman:

  • Muscat International Airport

Please ensure your baggage is well-packed for a seamless and speedy check-in with us. 

The baggage policy at the Sharjah airport has been revised and baggage that does not meet the standards will not be allowed through check in by Sharjah Aviation Services (SAS). Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Ensure your baggage has at least one flat surface.  
  • Exclude irregularly shaped or round baggage.
  • Avoid taping two items of baggage together.
  • Do not use loose ropes or strings, as they can affect movement through the baggage handling system. Try using strong tape instead.
  • Avoid luggage with long straps.