THE Airports Company of South Africa will implement new hand-luggage restrictions for passengers travelling on all airlines and from all airports from Monday.
The new regulations are directed at reducing the carry-on baggage for both economy and business class passengers.
Economy class travellers will only be allowed to board with a single carry-on bag, with a maximum weight of 7kg and maximum dimensions of 36cm x 23cm x 56cm.
Handbags and ‘man bags’ (satchels) will be allowed as part of a person’s dress and a slim-line laptop bag may also be added.
Business class travellers are subject to the same new restrictions, with the exception that they may carry two bags which conform to the prescribed dimensions on board.
Low-cost airline Mango reacted to the new regulations by assuring its customers that it would not penalise travellers for any additional luggage that would have to be checked in as a result of the new restrictions.
SAA said yesterday its customers would have to conform to the new regulations in terms of the number of bags allowed as carry-ons, but because of national carrier status its passengers would be allowed 8kg per bag. – Weekend Post Reporter