Luggage Restrictions on Flights through O.R. Tambo International Airport
Effective 25 March 2019, the following now applies to checked baggage at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg:
- Only regular-shaped bags may be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted.
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed.
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed.
Per the communication received from airport authorities (ACSA) “This is to 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 – as per Iata guidelines. These are the largest source of jams, and can shut down sections of the baggage-handling system, delaying baggage delivery to aircraft, and inconveniencing passengers and airlines.
Passengers who try to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will, however, have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.”
Please be advised that if your trip does involve travel on a light charter flight, you will still need to travel with a soft sided bag (as per requirements outlined under our “Luggage on air Transfers” above), and have this wrapped with one flat side prior to entry into OR Tambo International Airport.