The new baggage policy goes into effect on March 8.
Dubai airport could make you repack your carry-on
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Travelers coming into Dubai International Airport may need to change the way they pack their luggage thanks to new baggage rules that will go into effect this month.

In an effort to crack down on the baggage handling process, airport authorities will be enforcing tighter rules targeting irregular shaped, oversized, and round bags.

All bags will also be required to have a flat surface.

“Even the most technologically advanced systems can be disrupted by irregular shaped or oversized bags,” Ali Angizeh, vice president of terminal operations at Dubai International said in a press release.

“Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest source of baggage jams; these jams can shut down sections of our system, delay baggage delivery to the aircraft, and inconvenience our customers,” Angizeh added.

The new rules will go into effect starting March 8, 2017, at which point bags without flat surfaces will be rejected at check-in.

Passengers whose bags to do comply with the new rules will have the option to have their bags repacked in boxes for a fee, Angizeh said in the release.

Dubai has one of the largest airport baggage handling systems in the world, with some 15,000 trays and 21,000 motors.