Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Travelling To US By Air India? Don't Carry These Items In Your Handbag

New Delhi: At the instance of US Department of Homeland Security, Air India has restricted United States-bound passengers from carrying "powder-like substance" such as sugar, ground coffee and cosmetics in handbags, an airline official said. The US Department of Homeland Security issued a directive last month in view of heightened threat perception over "evolving techniques" of terrorists, he said.
Air India is the only Indian carrier that operates direct non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai to US destinations such as New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco.

According to a spokesperson of the airline, the carrier has started implementing the directive on its flights. United Airlines of the US is the only other carrier operating direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai to American cities.    The Air India directive to its passenger said "carriage of any powder or powder-like substance in hand or carry-on baggage which is 350 ml or larger is prohibited."
Items affected will include flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices and cosmetics, it said.    However, medically-prescribed powder-like substances, baby formula, and human remains (350ml) or larger may be transported in hand baggage in cabin of the aircraft, the directive available on Air India's official website said.
04/06/18 PTI/NDTV