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Travel Communique – ORTIA amends checked baggage regulations

OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CHANGES TO CHECKED BAGGAGE REGULATIONS

From 25 March, new rules for checked baggage will be applied at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. These changes are in compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines and are similar to those applied in other international airports. The airport authority further noted that the new rules have been agreed to after extensive consultations with the Airline Operators Committee (AOC) and other bodies representing airlines.

The new rules are as follows:

  • Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed to be checked in – all bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted for check-in
  • Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed
  • Bags with longs straps will not be allowed.

These changes will prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips. These measures are intended to reduce the incidence of delayed delivery of passenger baggage to aircraft and consequently inconvenience to passengers and airlines.

Passengers who wish to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.

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