Dubai Airports is to ban luggage that does not lie flat, in an effort to prevent blockages in its baggage-handling system. Officials said passengers trying to check in baggage that are round or bound together would be rejected as of March 8.
The airport authority released pictures of items in bubble wrap that it said slow down the system. Dubai Airports has advised all airlines operating into Dubai International Airport of the imminent change.
"Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest cause of baggage jams," said Ali Angizeh, vice president of terminal operations at Dubai International.
"These jams can shut down sections of our system, delay the delivery of baggage to the aircraft and inconvenience customers. Passengers who show up at the airport with non-compliant baggage, will be given the option to have it repacked in boxes, for a fee," he added.