Air passengers can now carry hand baggage inside flights taking off from airports in J&K.
In May this year, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security did away with the practice of baggage identification by passengers before boarding the aircraft, which was one of security restrictions in place since the 90s at state's airports.
"It was a long-pending demand of locals as well as tourists that they should be allowed to carry hand baggage inside the plane," said Srinagar-based director of Airport Authority of India Akash Deep.
Until now, passengers were allowed to carry only electronic gadgets, laptops inside the plane.
The move was hailed by chairman PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya. He said this will save passengers time and hassle. Chaya who is also the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club said the AAI needs to do more for a hassle-free passage of tourists from the airport. Srinagar airport is under the direct operational control of the Indian Air Force. The control of air traffic and that of the landing strip—including the facilities of fire-fighting and crash activities—is with the IAF, while the terminal building, where the passengers check-in, is taken care of by the AAI. The AAI also controls the apron area (where an aircraft is parked) but the airspace is under IAF's control.