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Last updated: August 15, 2018, 12:32 Dubai (GMT+4)

Flights to/from Cochin cancelled

Customers are advised that due to severe flooding at Cochin (COK) International Airport, all flights into/out of the airport have been suspended by the airport authorities until 26 August 2018.

All Emirates flights to/from Cochin until 26 August 2018 have therefore had to be cancelled.

Customers connecting to flights to Cochin will not be accepted at the original point of departure till further notice.

Customers booked to travel to/from Cochin can opt to change their flights and postpone their departure up to 14 days later than originally booked and are requested to contact their travel agent or booking offices to make changes to their bookings. Customers are also advised to ensure their contact details are correct by visiting Manage Your Booking to receive update notifications.

The situation is being closely monitored. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Security alert

Last updated: June 28, 2018, 17:12 Dubai (GMT+4)

Advisory on powdered goods in carry-on bags for US, Australia and New Zealand flights

All flights to, through or from the USA, as well as from or through Australia and New Zealand, will be subject to further enhanced security screening measures starting 30 June 2018. This is in accordance with new security guidelines from the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Under the new directive for flights to US destinations, powder-like substances in containers equal to or over 350 ml/grams have to be checked-in, and will not be allowed in carry-on belongings or cabin baggage. These items will be confiscated at Dubai (DXB) as well as Milan (MXP) and Athens (ATH), depending on the last point of departure. Powders under 350 ml/grams may be subject to additional screening.

Security measures will also be implemented restricting powder-like substances in the carry-on belongings or cabin baggage of all international customers departing and transiting Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The decision to confiscate or permit the powder-like substances in the cabin of the aircraft will be made by the respective security enforcement agencies.

In New Zealand, this restriction will commence at Auckland Airport on 30 June 2018; and will be introduced on all international flights departing Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports from 31 July 2018.

Customers are advised to place the powder-like substances in their checked bags.

Baby formula, prescription medicines and human remains are exempt. Powder-like substances purchased in airport duty free shops must be placed in Sealed Tamper Evident Bags along with proof of purchase.

Last updated: January 23, 2018, 10:14 Dubai (GMT+4)

New baggage rules – baggage screening and smart bags

Updates to checked baggage screening

For your safety, the General Department of Airport Security is required to inspect all checked baggage. Therefore, during the screening process some bags may be opened for further inspection. 

To avoid missing your flight and baggage delays, Dubai International airport, the Dubai Airport Police and Emirates have agreed to a new bag check process in which customers no longer need to be present for the open-bag inspection. Instead, the Dubai Airport Police in the presence of an Emirates representative will open and inspect the bags.

In the case where these inspections are required, your bag(s) will be opened and the contents searched for prohibited items only. Any items found that are prohibited in checked baggage due to safety and security concerns will be confiscated. Please visit our Dangerous Goods page for a full list of prohibited items. 

Upon completion of the inspection process, the contents will be returned to your bag and you will receive a letter from Dubai International airport explaining the reason the bag was opened. In some situations, customers may be requested in person for the bag inspection. For more information, please visit the Dubai International airport website. 

Smart baggage restrictions

In line with IATA regulations, there will be restrictions on smart bags as checked-in or carry-on baggage on all Emirates flights as follows:

For cabin baggage:

  • Smart bags are allowed in the cabin if the battery is removable and within the cabin baggage size and weight limits.
  • The battery can remain installed as long as the smart bag is completely powered off.
  • If the battery is not removable, the smart bag can’t be carried on an Emirates flight.

For checked baggage:

  • Smart bags are allowed in checked baggage if the battery is removed and carried in the cabin.
  • If the smart bag exceeds the cabin baggage size/weight limitations for the route, or the battery is not removable, then the smart bag can’t be carried on an Emirates flight.

Operational changes

Last updated: May 20, 2018, 14:00 Dubai (GMT+4)

Peak summer travel traffic advisory, plan ample time for journeys

Emirates expects a high number of passenger departures from US airports over the summer travel period. Passengers travelling from 01 June to 04 September are advised to build in extra time to get to the airport, and to complete airport formalities, including TSA checks.

Passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departures, check in no later than 2 hours prior to departure regardless of class of travel and update their contact details through Manage Your Booking on the Emirates website. Passengers can physically check in as early as six hours before flight departure, or utilise other convenient check-in options.

Boarding gates open 90 minutes before departure, and boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight. Gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late, Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel.

Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule.

Last updated: October 25, 2017, 13:36 Dubai (GMT+4)

Extra security checks for US-bound travellers from 26 October 2017

In line with TSA regulations, there will be extra security checks conducted at check-in and at the boarding gates for passengers travelling to the United States.

Passengers travelling to the US should ensure that:

  • their electronic devices have sufficient charge to switch on
  • they appear in person at check-in with all their baggage and documents

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