hi All, would like to share my experience on brining a replica gun via checked in baggage with Emirates.
i flew from prague to chennai Via Dubai on emirates, i bought an toy gun(revolver) in prague which cannot fire anything as it is only a toy(marked - for 3+ yrs only on the pack
) and it just makes a small noise. it looks so real i bought it and put in checkin baggage, had no issues in prague airport.
once i reached dubai i was not allowed to board flight to chennai at dubai airport, and i was escorted by airport police to check in baggage storage area outside the terminal and asked to open the check in baggage , once they found out that it is just a toy by looking at the box they did not even open it and said i can keep it.
but by the time i was back i missed my flight, and emirates was so unfriendly said they are not responsible and took almost 2 hrs to booked me the next day flight. Even though i said it was not my problem and they should give me accommodation, they said it was airport police which caused the delay in checking and i got only a complementary breakfast.
it was an horrible experience to stay in airport for 13 hrs to catch my next flight ,i was totally exhausted.. but strangely when i landed in chennai the customs did not even notice and i was out with model.
Dubai airport is not so friendly when it comes to checking your baggage on time and getting your boarded... overall i dont recommend even to travel with a model pistol leave alone an air pistol when travelling via dubai..