The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has cautioned Nigeria pilgrims on the danger of putting prohibited items, not only in their hand luggage but also in their 32kg main luggage. This is for safety reasons and in line with aviation regulations world wide.
The commission said the ‘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’.
A statement signed by Fatima Sanda Usara,Head, Public Affairs Division of NAHCON said that ‘any luggage in which any prohibited itemsb is seen via x-ray machine will be secluded from freighting until the item is removed.
It therefore warned that 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 and 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’.
On the airlift of Pilgrims back home, the commission said over ‘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.”