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A Window to Emirates' Baggage PolicyDubai-based Emirates remains one of the most preferred airlines for those planning luxury holidays to Dubai. It is prudent to be heedful of the baggage requirement and restriction policies of the airline to score a gratifying flying experience!Date : Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Paying through nose for the unexpected and dreaded excess baggage charge is the last thing that even the most extravagant traveller planning holidays and booking luxurious hotels in Dubai would ever imagine. Whether it is the business traveller looking for Dubai hotels near airport or the leisure vacationers with bookings in hotels located at the creek, one needs to be completely thorough with the baggage policies of the airlines. Though there are plenty of airlines that offer flights to Dubai, Emirates is perhaps the most popular one. This full service carrier is immensely popular for its generous baggage policy. No wonder, Emirates remains one of the most preferred airlines for those planning luxury Dubai holidays. Skim through the article to know about the baggage policy of this Dubai based airline. Though the article is based on the baggage information available on the airline's website, passengers must remain heedful of contacting the airline for most up to date information.
Hand BaggageEmirates offers generous baggage policies to ensure that the travel is comfortable and safe for all passengers. However, hand baggage allowances may vary depending on the route, class of travel and the Skywards membership tier.
First Class and Business ClassFirst Class and Business Class travellers planning luxury holidays to Dubai are allowed to carry two pieces, one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase should not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches and the handbag may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches or the garment bag must not be more than 8 inches (20cm) thick when folded. The total combined weight of both pieces may not exceed 12kg.
Economy ClassEconomy Class passengers are allowed to carry one piece of hand baggage that may not exceed measurements of 22 x 15 x 8 inches and must weigh no more than 7kgs. Exemptions may be approved for oversized hand baggage containing valuables or fragile items or items too big to accommodate the permitted bag size. However, items exceeding the maximum limitations may not be permitted in the hand luggage on flights departing from Dubai. In such cases, a handling fee of AED 50 per item may apply and the baggage is transferred to the aircraft hold and a checked baggage receipt is issued.
Checked BaggagePassengers flying with Emirates are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance depending upon the class of travel, and Skyward membership, the airlines award winning frequent flyer program.
Allowance for Non MembersNon members of the Skyward can carry 30 kg baggage when travelling economy class, 40 kgs when travelling business class and 50 kgs when travelling first class.
Allowance for Skyward MembersSkywards members enrolled for Silver and Gold Tiers are entitled for additional baggage allowances. Passengers enrolled in the silver tier membership of the Skyward are allowed to an additional 12 kgs over and above the usual allowance throughout all classes. Likewise, those enrolled in the Skyward Gold membership are allowed 16 kgs over and above the usual baggage allowance throughout all classes. It is prudent to know that the Dubai Civil Aviation prohibits the acceptance of any one piece of baggage weighing more than 32kg (71lb), into, out of or via Dubai International Airport.
Excess Baggage ChargesPassengers carrying baggage exceeding the weight limitation may end up inflating the holiday costs as Emirates charges GBP 25 per kg for any piece weighing more than allowed baggage weight as overweight charges.
Travelling With InfantsPassengers travelling with an infant, throughout all classes, are allowed to carry one extra piece of checked-in baggage that may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm in size and 10 kgs in weight. In addition, passengers travelling with infants are also permitted one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold. For infant food and other in-flight necessities, passengers travelling with an infant, throughout all classes, are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage in addition to the usual hand luggage restrictions. The hand baggage must not exceed 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm in dimensions and 5 kgs in weight.
Restricted Items and Dangerous GoodsIn its endeavour to provide secure flying experience, Emirates has a list of items that it does not permit onboard as the cabin baggage. Items that may pose a security or safety threat or may cause injuries can only be carried as checked baggage (in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and relevant Emirates regulations). Arms and ammunition, explosives or anything containing explosives, knives of any kind, type, shape or size, slingshots, knitting needles are just some of the example for such items. Dangerous Goods are those items or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to passengers. Civil Aviation Regulations regulates the transport of these items and they are usually not permitted anywhere on the aircraft, with some exceptions.
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