Passengers warned of new Acsa hand baggage rules

2015-01-29 11:15
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Cape Town - Acsa is implementing new hand luggage restrictions, that will come into effect at all airports across South Africa and impacts all airlines and travellers from Monday February 2.

"The new regulations restrict economy class carry-ons to a single piece with a maximum weight of 7kg and within specified dimensions (36cm x 23cm x 56cm) along with either a handbag or a slim-line laptop bag," Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser said in a statement on Thursday.

All hand luggage exceeding this would have to be checked in and multiple hand luggage bags are no longer allowed. 

Mango said it will not be penalising travellers for additional bags that have to be checked in as a consequence of the new regulation as it does not charge per piece of baggage within its 20kg allowance.

Passengers using other low cost airlines such as kulula and FlySafair need to be aware of the additional costs they could incur.  

kulula allows one free checked bag weighing up to 20kg and one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg. Additional bags require passengers to pay between R245 (Online) or R350 (at the airport). While FlySafair tickets include a hand luggage quota, checked in baggage fees start at R150 for the first bag and R250 for a second bag. 

SAA said in a statement that it has an "exemption from SACAA and SAA customers may take cabin baggage weighing up to 8kg".

"However, the number of pieces and sizes must be adhered to. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115cm) or weigh more than 8kg per bag," the airline said.

Kaiser also warned that passengers should anticipate some delays in the check-in and security processes at all airports due to congestion during the initial implementation period. 

Following is a visual representation issued by Mango of what would be acceptable checked in luggage in terms of Acsa's new rules:

Travellers are being advised to arrive in good time for their flights as the first couple of weeks may see the process extended due to every piece of baggage (checked and carry-on) requiring weighing and checking prior to boarding a flight Kaiser said. 

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