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Using trolleys that are lying around at the airport

Fatwaa ID: 1976

Asalamualaykum wrwb
If there are trolleys that people leave around at the airport, is it ok to use them? They are available for rental but people rent them and leave them unattended after they’re done using them. I was wondering if it’s wrong to use those unattended ones because we are not paying for them.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We have extensively searched for airport trolley usage policies from various airports around the world. We were however unable to find defined user agreements or rules. Nonetheless, we have observed in the airports that if one uses a trolley that is lying around unattended, the airport personnel and employees do not prevent him or say anything to him. They do not demand from him to go to the kiosk and pay for it. There are no signs posted either prohibiting him from using it.

Furthermore, travelers are not enforced to return the trolleys after using it as it may not be practical or feasible nor does anyone do that. When one finishes using it, he simply leaves it wherever and airport employees later bring them back to the stations. Another person can take it in the interim and use it and no one will prevent him. This is the norm at airports. In many cases, we have also noticed that the staff themselves give the trolleys to travelers. Accordingly, we do not see a problem in using trolleys that are lying around unattended. It will be permissible to do so. The payment is only due if one takes it directly from the cart station.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/29/1445 AH – 12/13/2023 CE | AML1-8608

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