New Baggage Regulations at O.R. Tambo

O.R. Tambo International Airport has announced that as of 25 March 2019, new rules for checking in bags of irregular shape and size will be applied. The new rules are aimed at preventing 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 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines. Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are often the largest source of jams in the baggage handling system. The new baggage 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
  • Bags with longs straps will not be allowed at check-in counters

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