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Hand Luggage

HAND BAGGAGE (CARRY-ON BAGGAGE )

Please ensure that your carry-on bag (hand baggage) in the cabin does not exceed the dimensions of 55 cms (22 inches) x 40 cms (16 inches) x 20 cms (8 inches) and a total weight of 8 kgs.

Children are entitled to the same cabin baggage allowance as adults.

When an infant (not entitled to a seat or free baggage allowance) accompanies an adult, a carrycot, or a fully collapsible push chair/stroller is allowed. This may be carried in the cabin if space is available, or else as checked baggage.

An odd sized cabin baggage not conforming to the specified dimension will not be allowed in the cabin. Such baggage will be removed and will be loaded in the hold, as per rules.

In addition to one piece of cabin baggage or package, you may also be permitted to carry one following personal item, subject to Security Regulations:

  • A Lady's hand bag.
  • An overcoat or wrap.
  • A rug or a blanket
  • A camera or binoculars
  • Reasonable amount of reading material for the flight.
  • Infant's feed for consumption during the flight and infant's carrying basket, Feeding bottle, if an infant is carried.
  • A Collapsible wheelchair or pair of crutches or braces for passenger's use, if dependent on these.
  • A Walking stick.
  • An umbrella (Folding type)
  • Medicines required during Flight like Asthma inhaler etc.
  • A Laptop.

As per notice issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Government of India, passengers will not be allowed to carry in their hand baggage or on person- liquids, gels, or aerosols, which include beverages, shampoos, sun tan lotions, creams, tooth paste, hair gels, hair sprays, liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency, exceeding 100 ml, except medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions and baby food. These items will be carried in one clear transparent re-sealable, one litre size plastic bag and will be subjected to the prescribed screening and security checks

Due to security reasons / Government regulations, passengers travelling on flights originating from certain stations like Jammu, Srinagar etc. are not allowed to carry any hand baggage. Please check the current regulations of the station.

For a comfortable journey, we suggest that most items are placed in your checked-in baggage. Items of value /importance, those required by you on-board the aircraft or required in connection with the journey should be carried in your hand baggage or on your person.

Please check local regulations before your travel.

Carriage Of ‘kirpan’ By Sikh Passengers While Travelling By Air

A 'Kirpan' with a total maximum length of 9 inches (22.86 cms.), but a blade not exceeding 06 (six) inches (15.24 cms.), is permitted for carriage by a Sikh Passenger on his person, within India or on an Indian Registered aircraft on Domestic routes of fully Domestic Flights within India, subject to the requirement of a Public Order. (BCAS Circular 14/2005).

Carriage of ‘Kirpan’ shall not be permitted in the cabin of an aircraft on an International Flight, either on the domestic or international sector flown by the passenger. If the 'Kirpan' is more than the length specified above, it shall be carried by the passenger in his registered baggage.

Ban on Carriage of Lithium Battery Powered Self Balancing Devices in Passenger Baggage. For details click here

Prohibition on Carriage of E-cigarettes by Passengers and Crew in Checked Baggage into and from Singapore. For details click here

Hand Baggage allowance for travel to/from Canada.

Your journey between Canada and India may include travel on an Air India code-share flight operated by Air Canada. As carry-on baggage allowances are determined by each operating carrier, Air Canada’s allowance may differ from Air India’s. Please refer to :http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/carry-on.htmlfor current Air Canada Carry-on baggage allowance.

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Urgent Updates

Dear Flying Returns member and patron of Air India,

Please accept our profound and sincere apologies if you have faced any problems since 01 December 2015, while trying to redeem miles from your FFP account. We have made a few changes and would like to explain and also clarify why we did not issue an alert in advance.

While it has been our privilege to be the airline of your choice and to cater to your air travel needs, for the likes of you, we are also the "depository" of the FFP miles you earn and accrue when you fly on us. As the custodian bank of these Air India Flying Returns Miles it is our twin responsibility to safe guard them / prevent misuse and also provide you with best returns or optimize value upon redemption.

Since joining Star Alliance in July 2014, wherein our members can earn and burn FR miles on a buffet of 27 other airlines, our daily enrolment of new - fresh members has grown from few hundreds per day to more than a 1000 per day in past few months. While we welcome this spurt in patronage and membership, it has come with certain unforeseen challenges, which we are attempting to address.

On the one hand we have received many inputs and feedback from concerned & esteemed members who have engaged with us on a proactive basis, to simplify and make the FFP program more attractive; but on the other hand we have also experienced increase in fraud / ghost FFP accounts and misuse of our FFP program - both of which have prompted us to make some structural changes to the Air India FFP program which are intended to not only improve the Flying Returns program but to also make it more secure for our members.

We are also concerned about the incidence of lost miles or retro credit requests for lost or missing miles, which is either due to name mismatch, wrong or incomplete names & initials, FFP number missing in PNR while making booking, and a host of other plausible reasons.

When we have dispatched by speed post (within India) the membership kits and cards along with upgrade vouchers for tier members, we have had a very high incidence of RTS or "return to sender". Same is the case with kits sent on our flights for dispatch (by courier) in foreign countries by our offices abroad. It is a double whammy with members complaining of non-receipt of not just card and kits but also emailers and statements on a regular basis.

To address these issues, as the custodian of your FR Miles, Air India has introduced some security features in the program to verify the fidelity of the member data and update the profile of all our existing members - akin to the KYC process adopted by Banks in India some time back.

Till this process is completed, all members shall be able to accrue or earn miles normally, but to be able to redeem miles, each member is first required to undergo the KYC process and requested to

  • Log in to the FR Account thru the Flying Returns website www.flyingreturns.co.in
  • Fill up all personal particulars, which are valid currently, except Name & date of birth in the FFP member profile.
  • Ensure that you use a unique Cell phone Number and Unique Email ID, on which OTP shall be sent now and subsequently flight related alerts and statements shall be sent. If two different accounts have the same mobile Phone number or same Email ID, the system will not accept it. We have multiple cases of FFP accounts with different names, but created against one email ID and one phone number.
  • Once you generate a pair of OTP which you will receive one each on your email and cell phone, please upload a self-attested copy of only any ONE Govt. issued photo ID preferably Passport (in absence of a passport Aadhar / PAN Card / Voter ID) and a proof of the current and valid address.

Please ensure the name in the profile matches that on the passport (or other Govt. issued ID) that is uploaded. Name mismatch would result in loss / missing miles and other avoidable glitches. In case your membership profile has your first name as initial or one alphabet & in contrast the Passport has your full name, then you need to email a request to the member service centre along with your ID proof & mother's maiden name to first change the name on your profile to match the passport - so that you can do the KYC.

Once you have done this, Air India shall verify and activate your account so that you are able to redeem your miles. This may take some time due to the high volume of transactions in queue and the slowing down of the system.

In case you are getting error responses, please peruse the following Do's and Don'ts -

Do's

  • Do use only your own Email and Cell Phone number, which is in your possession for normal use.
  • Do change the Cell number and email in the profile if they are not with you, before requesting for OTP.
  • Do upload any one and only Id document & only one latest address proof, preferably in PDF which will fit 400 MB size.
  • Do upload only the passport as Id if you travel international sectors.

Don'ts

  • Do not use the phone numbers & email of your travel agent or secretary.
  • Do not upload more than one or multiple Id like Passport plus PAN plus Aadhar as it will then exceed 400 MB.
  • Do not upload Utility Bill, which is older than 2 months.
  • Do not generate multiple OTP as that will result in non-verification with OTP being open. One OTP generated is valid for 10 minutes.

On receiving feedback about inability or difficulty in uploading documents, we found out that many members did not perform the second step of clicking upload after first step of selecting document. Hence we have now made it one step and as soon as member selects, the document is uploaded. This has now resulted in members uploading multiple or more than one document, whereas only one ID and one address proof is required.

Non-receipt of one time password (OTP) is likely to happen if the email or mobile number is associated with another member account.

In many instances members have generated more than one pair/set of OTP, sometimes 4 or 5 sets of OTP and have used the email OTP of one and the Cell phone OTP of another to try and activate the account - which will reflect as pending or OTP not verified. We are working on resolving this glitch and hope to do that soon.

In the meanwhile, we would humbly and earnestly exhort you to please bear with us, if there is a delay on account of system error or in verification - while these changes take place. Once this is done, your patience shall enable you to avail enhanced benefits of the Frequent Flyer program and make this wait and updation of profile data by existing members worth the while.

Some of these changes, which members can take advantage of are enumerated below:-

  • Removal of YQ (Fuel Surcharge) till now paid in cash on international Award redemption tickets on Air India flights & its replacement with additional miles.
  • Enabling Child Enrolment (02 to 12 years age).
  • Enhanced web bonus for Business Class Cabin & International journeys.
  • Simplified Table of Miles Accrual & Redemption on Air India flights which have been clubbed/bundled in ten strata (each for domestic & international).
  • Instant generation of downloadable / printable "Virtual" membership card upon enrolment or tier status change.

For those of you who have certain FR Miles expiring on 31st December 2015, and the past 10 days have been a frustrating period with KYC norms resulting in delay or inability to redeem miles, we would like to compensate you by extending the validity or permitting use - redemption of these miles by 2 months to 29th February 2016 for getting the tickets issued.

In the next few weeks, possibly first quarter of 2016, we are intending to deliver the following changes and developments for our FR members:-

  • A new simplified Star Award chart of 7 global zones, and 4 mileage based sub zones in each global zone, with attractive levels. Viz. in the zone comprising USA, only 5000 FR miles required for redemption on sectors less than 500 KM like New York to Washington or San Francisco to Los Angeles.
  • On-line Retro or Requests for credit of lost & missing miles.
  • Online upgrade with miles on Air India & Star Alliance flights (SAUA).
  • Family Pooling with (one degree of separation) children and parents in addition to spouse.
  • Zone base Accrual & Redemption of Miles.

It has been 10 days since above mentioned planned changes including KYC have been introduced and we have been receiving feedback as well as complaints, with the major one being why prior intimation or advisory was not issued to alert FR members of the changes contemplated and many members were caught unawares or taken by surprise.

This was done to pre-empt any mass redemption of miles from ghost / fraud / shell accounts by unscrupulous elements. Miles in FFP account are as good as Money in Bank.

We look forward to your continued patronage of the National Carrier while we endeavour to make Flying Returns Programme user friendly and safe and secure.

Thanking you once again for your patronage and requesting you to kindly bear with us,

Assuring you of our best intentions and services always,

Sincerely,
The Flying Returns team of Air India.

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