ACSA implements new hand luggage rules


Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has launched a hand baggage enforcement programme at all of its airports, effective today (2 February).

The aim of the project is to control the carriage of hand baggage on to aircraft and identify passengers with non-compliant baggage before the security point, referring them back to the check-in counters to enable passengers to check this baggage into the hold.

The new guidelines stipulate the following allowances:

  • One bag plus one slim line laptop bag per Economy Class passenger
  • Two bags plus slim line laptop bag per Business or First Class passenger
  • No bag may exceed these dimensions: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm
  • The weight limit is set at 7kg per bag

SAA passengers are permitted to carry up to 8kg on board, provided each bag does not exceed the prescribed dimensions. Handbags are considered by the airline to be part of a customer’s wardrobe and not hand luggage.

Passengers who exceed the hand baggage limits shall be subject to the specific airline’s excess baggage rules.

These new rules apply to passengers on domestic and international flights departing from all ACSA airports in South Africa.