(A passenger from a stuffed doll manufacturer wishes to hand carry as baggage a merchandise sample of stuffed clothing equipped with a non-spillable battery. Can this be accepted as baggage per DGR 2.3.5.9.1?)

Q.
A passenger from a stuffed doll and clothing manufacturer wishes to hand carry as merchandise sample a stuffed clothing equipped with a small fan which is activated by a non-spillable battery. Can we apply DGR 2.3.5.9.1 and accept this as carry-on baggage?  (31 Oct 12)

A.
Per ICAO, the definition of a passenger baggage is personal property of a passenger which are used during his/her trip for comfort and convenience. It includes gifts and souvenirs however does not include merchandise samples.

If he/she is going to wear this stuffed clothing during the trip, DGR 2.3.5.9.1 could apply, however that is very unlikely. Since it is clearly a sample, it does not come under the definition of passenger baggage.

Even if the first carrier allows the carriage, the second carrier may very likely apply the rules and refuse carriage. You will be breaking the ICAO rules and also placing the passenger in an awkward situation. Rules are made to be observed.


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