The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has again cautioned pilgrims against travelling with prohibited items in their hand luggage and main luggage.
The Commission says the call which is in line with aviation regulations worldwide is also necessary for the safety of pilgrims.
According to the Commissions Head, Public Affairs Division, Fatima Sanda Usara, “this call 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, in this case- their own safety”.
She further warned that any bag found with prohibited items would 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)” she said.
Other prohibited items include: knives, 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.