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Dubai Airports announced a new rule banning luggage that does not lie flat. Amy Leang / The National
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Airport rules and regulations are important to ensure safety, security and smooth operation on and off board, despite the inconvenience some of them may cause to travellers.

As The National reported yesterday, Dubai Airports announced a new rule banning luggage that does not lie flat in order to prevent blockages in its baggage-handling system. While using suitcases or cardboard boxes could be more expensive, it can be the only way to prevent potential delays in luggage collection and make the process easier for everyone.

Truthfully, we have sympathy with both sides. Dubai International Airport moves more than eight million passengers per month – that’s thousands of bags passing through the system every hour. At the same time, we spare a thought for those of more modest means, who may not be able to afford luggage (since they travel so rarely), and who may not hear about the new rules before they turn up at the airport. We hope for a minimum of disruption.