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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

FAKE NEWS: Carton Boxes Not Allowed In Saudi Airports Text Message Gone Viral!


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A text message circulating on the internet has gone viral:

(Text Message)

“Saudi Aviation Authorities strictly announced for those passengers who are ready for traveling after 30th June 2018 that carton box is not allowed in Saudi airports from 1st July 2018 either departure or arrival...”

This has created confusion and alarm among online users, especially those passengers who are departing and arriving in Saudi Arabia on the dates mentioned.

Here is the response from Gulf Air:

(Gulf Air)

“Please be informed that boxes, cartons, etc. Can be checked in as usual. However, over-sized bags/boxes and those wrapped in blankets, sheets etc. Will not be accepted for carriage.”

Here is another from Philippine Airlines:

(Philippine Airlines)

“...Boxes are still accepted as check-in baggage.”

Two airlines have verified that such text message or announcement by SAUDI AVIATION AUTHORITIES is not TRUE.

The Philippine Consul-General in Jeddah, CG Ed Badajos have also issued on his Facebook account this public advisory:

Should you be travelling with other airlines in Saudi Arabia, please make sure with your airlines that your carton boxes are still accepted.

Bon Voyage!

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