OR Tambo to ban ‘irregular bags’

Source ETNW

OR Tambo International Airport (Ortia) is cracking down on irregularly shaped baggage in a bid to prevent blockages and, therefore, delays in the baggage handling process.

From November 1, according to Ortia’s estimated date of implementation, the airport will implement its ‘irregular bags solution’, which will prevent travellers from checking in luggage that falls into the following categories:

  • Round bags
  • Bags without a flat surface
  • ‘Irregular’ shaped bags (not a standard suitcase)
  • Oversized bags (sizes still to be qualified)
  • Bags with long straps

Bags that are considered ‘irregular’ will have to be repacked at the airport’s approved wrapping company. More details regarding this process will be released in the coming weeks.

In its implementation plan the airport gives the following reason for the decision. “Even the most technologically advanced baggage systems can be disrupted by irregularly shaped, or oversized bags. Bags that are round, or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest source of baggage jams. These jams can shut down sections of our system, delay baggage delivery to the aircraft and inconvenience our customers.”

The airport plans to advertise the news to the public within four to six weeks and display signs that communicate the new baggage rule at check-in counters and wrapping desk areas.