OR Tambo airport. Photo: Simon Sonnekus
  • From this week, OR Tambo airport won't check in any bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps.
  • These types of bags cause blockages in its baggage handling system.
  • Some of the biggest offenders are duffel and soft-shaped bags.

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.

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Source: Airports Company South Africa

Bags must have at least one flat surface, and bags with longs straps will also not be allowed at check-in counters.

Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport recently instituted the same kind of baggage rules

Passengers with "irregular" bags, will be offered the option of having their baggage wrapped to give it a flat side at approved wrapping stations, Traveller24 reports.

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