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New Luggage Rules – OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

It was announced in March 2019 that OR Tambo will no longer accept irregular shaped luggage due to it clogging up its baggage handling system.

They will not accept any luggage that has a long strap or does not have a flat surface.

The new rules are:

  • Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed at check-in counters;
  • This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted on the check-in system;
  • Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed at check-in counters; and
  • Bags with longs straps will not be allowed at check-in counters.

What if you don’t comply?

Trying to check in bags that do not conform to the rules will result in being offered the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport approved baggage wrapping stations.

Business Insider reported: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/or-tambo-bans-duffel-bags-irregular-baggage-2019-3

‘Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport won’t check in any bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips.

This includes duffel bags and other soft-shaped luggage, which are blamed for jamming the airport’s baggage handling system. These bags regularly cause blockages and have shut down large sections of the system, reports the travel news platform Traveller24.

“We very much appreciate that these new baggage rules will potentially create inconvenience or additional cost for some passengers, so this is not a step we have taken lightly,” says Kris Reddy, assistant general manager at the airport.

“However, a small proportion of irregular bags that cause breakdowns in the baggage handling system creates far greater inconvenience for the majority of passengers. We have investigated this matter over about a year and considered a variety of alternatives.”

From Monday March 25th, only “regular-shaped” bags will be allowed at check-in counters at OR Tambo.”

New Luggage Rules – OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

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