Luggage restrictions for world cup

28/01/2010 at 10:11 12 comments

Football fans who are traveling by plane from one South African host city to another during the 2010 world cup will be subjected to stricter hand  luggage restrictions, especially when traveling between Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The aim of the new rules is to cut flight delays, say the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

With the new restrictions, football supporters traveling in economy class are allowed to carry one travel bag and one laptop. Business class and first class passengers are allowed two bags and a laptop bag.

The weight of each bag may not exceed 7kg, with the maximum dimensions being 56cm + 36cm + 23cm. The Airports Company of South Africa has said that the restrictions will be implemented at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg from 20 January 2010, and Cape Town and Durban international airports from 6 February 2010.

ACSA has said that these new requirements will be verified thoroughly at security checkpoints at OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport and Durban International airport.

ACSA is responding to the huge increase of hand luggage, due to the fact that more and more passengers are checking-in at home or though the self-service kiosks. As a result, the number and size of hand luggage bags is not checked very often. One of the implications of this is that often hand luggage cannot fit into the cabin, meaning it has to be manually loaded into the hold of the plane. This results in flight delays.

“During the World Cup especially, we cannot afford to have flights departing late. ACSA and the airlines are of the view that introducing the hand luggage restrictions will significantly improve flight operations. ACSA will make additional resources available to assist the airlines,” said ACSA communications manager Solomon Makgale in a media statement this week.

“We fully understand that this will require an adjustment in passenger behaviour, however, we are confident that passengers will cooperate and give us the necessary support.”

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