New Baggage Regulations at O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport has introduced new regulations for luggage to help prevent jams in the baggage system.

Passengers will no longer be allowed to check in bags that have an irregular shape or long set of straps, says Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). The new rules came into effect on 25 March 2019.

The reason for the new regulations is because luggage that is round and without a flat surface or has long straps are often the cause of jams. According to ACSA, this has a knock on effect where sections of the airport’s baggage handling system have to be shut down resulting in the delay of bags being loaded on to the planes and inconveniencing passengers and the airlines.

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Here are the new baggage rules:

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


If passengers have irregular bags to check in, they will be given the option of wrapping their bag with one flat side at one of the airport’s approved baggage wrapping stations.

These new regulations are not completely new and have been enforced at various other international airports including Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1.

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Leigh Hermon

A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.

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