Power banks in check-in baggage trigger chaos at Delhi’s IGI airport
Power bank is a restricted item and therefore, the in-line baggage system started rejecting bags carrying the them.delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2018 23:37 IST
Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Thursday as over 3,000 baggage were stuck due to late clearance by the baggage handling system.
A Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) official said most of the passengers were carrying power banks in the check-in baggage. Since it is a restricted item, the in-line baggage system started rejecting such bags.
“It is a long weekend and the passengers traffic was more than expected. Almost 25% of the passengers were carrying power banks,” the DIAL official said.
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said the baggage of some prominent political personalities was also stuck . “Since the flight was getting delayed, most of them left without baggage and the airline sent the bags later,” said a CISF officer.
“We apologise for the inconvenience. We would like to inform you that the Delhi airport has been facing challenges with the baggage handling system post check-in and all airlines and hundreds of bags are impacted, not being loaded onto flights,” Vistara said in a statement.