Posted by Garba Muhammad | 14 September 2018 | 1,049 times
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has cautioned all pilgrims of the danger of including prohibited items, not only in their hand luggage but also in their 32kg main luggage.
The commission had discovered some bags with prohibited items that could compromise safety of passengers, during an unscheduled visit to pilgrims’ luggage screening bay.
Hence, the need for the caution for safety reasons and in line with aviation regulations worldwide, Fatima SandaUsara, NAHCON's Head, Public Affairs Division, said in a statement on Friday from Saudi Arabia.
She said pilgrims are also warned to note that any luggage in which any prohibited matter is seen via x-ray machine, such a bag will be secluded from freighting until the item is removed.
“Therefore, for their own personal safety, and to avoid having their luggage being unlocked, delayed, pilgrims should avoid carrying the following items in their 32 kg bags:
“Canned body sprays, insecticides, gaseous materials, toxic chemicals, perfumes in large quantity (any inflammable substance), Zamzam water, fruit juices (any liquid content especially in large quantity).
“As for the 10kg hand luggage, in addition to all of the above, other prohibited items include: knife, razor blades, (any sharp objects), toy guns," she warned.
Meanwhile, about 22,000 pilgrims have so far been transported back to Nigeria with some states having concluded their return journeys. The states are: Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kwara, Kogi, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Armed Forces. Sokoto has only one flight to complete its return trip while FlyNas also has only one flight to conclude its 2018 airlift of Nigerian pilgrims.
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