Hajj Commission advises pilgrims to deceit from prohibited items

Amina Mohammed, Abuja.

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has called on  all pilgrims to deceit from any kind of danger that  include prohibited items, not only in their hand luggage but also in their 32kg main luggage.

This is due to safety reasons and in line with aviation regulations world-wide.

The called became necessary following discoveries made during an unscheduled visit to pilgrims’ luggage screening bay, where some bags were found with prohibited items that could compromise safety of passengers, and their own safety.

Pilgrims are also warned to note that any luggage in which any prohibited matter is seen via x-ray machine, such a bag is secluded from freighting until the item is removed.

Therefore, for 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.

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.

Confidence Okwuchi