Hand luggage regulations in South Africa

During my time of travel, I have often encountered travelers boarding the flight with two or bags bags and stuffing them into the small overhead compartments. This resulted in other travelers having to find space in the compartments a distance away from their seats. Quite a common practice I found amongst travelers to the Asian countries where shopping is a paradise. Airports company of South Africa (ACSA) has now enforced stringent new hand luggage Regulations. Size Each passenger is allowed one item of hand luggage which should not be bigger than the size indicated. 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches). 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches). 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches). Weight The guideline is approximately 5kg for hand luggage. If you cannot easily lift your hand luggage above your head, it is probably too heavy. Medicines If taking medicines with you, try to keep in the original packaging. This will assist security to identify the medicines and will prevent delays. Camera Film The x-rays used to screen hold baggage should not affect most camera film. Film material over 1000ASA/31 DIN should be removed and offered for screening separately. Valuables Keep your valuables such as jewellery and important documents safely stored in your hand baggage. It is a good idea to keep some money (local currency) on your person. Then, should you be separated from your bag, you will still be able to make payphone calls, pay for transport or purchase small items. Laptops Laptops should be removed from their bags for screening prior to boarding the aircraft. Many laptop bags look similar which can cause confusion when leaving the aircraft. Put a keyring, sticker or other identifying mark on your bag so that you can be sure that you are leaving with the correct computer.

IMG_6575-2.PNG Prohibited and Permitted Items Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) also has rules that restrict the amount of items that passengers may take on board. You may only carry Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) in your hand luggage in containers that have a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres each. You may carry several containers with liquid contents. These containers must be packed in a re-sealable, transparent plastic bag. The total capacity of the plastic bag must not exceed one litre. It must be possible to open and re-seal the plastic bag. Each passenger can carry ONLY ONE of these bags. These bags must be removed from your hand luggage and presented to security personnel for inspection. Liquids, Aerosols and Gels in your hand luggage must be in containers of maximum 100ml each. Store them in a transparent, resealable bag. Total bag capacity must be maximum one litre. Only one bag per passenger will be allowed. Be prepared before you check-in by having your bag out at the security check. If they do not comply with the new rules, pack them in your check-in luggage. No containers over 100ml in your hand luggage, even if they are partially filled. Baby formula and food as well as medication carried on-board need not be in your LAGs bag but remember to show them to Security. If carrying medication you may need to produce your prescription. How are the new rules being applied? Application New rules only apply to hand luggage. Liquids of any amount can be stowed in the luggage that is checked in. These rules only apply to international flights. Exceptions There are some exceptions regarding: Medication Baby food Special diet food Duty-free purchases In each of these instances, the capacity does not have to be restricted to 100ml, and the containers do not have to be placed in your transparent, resealable plastic bag. Medication You may carry medication in your hand luggage or check it in. If you carry it in your hand luggage, it will be inspected by security staff to ensure prohibited items are not being concealed. You may be asked for a prescription. You may also be asked to taste your medication in the presence of security personnel. Baby food Baby food including formula and milk is exempted provided you are travelling WITH your baby. You may be asked to taste your formula/milk in the presence of security personnel. Special diet food Liquids that form part of special diets may be carried in your hand luggage but you may be asked to prove the necessity and authenticity of the liquids to security personnel. You may be asked to taste these items in the presence of security personnel. Duty-free purchases Duty-free shoppers can rest assured that they can still buy duty-free items at the airport but must be mindful of the fact that the transfer and termination regulations pertaining to duty-free LAGs purchases differ globally. Passengers are thus encouraged to contact the airline they will be travelling with well in advance to establish the latest duty-free LAGs regulations in effect in the country they will be transferring through, and ultimately terminating their journey in. ACSA continues to work closely with the South African Civil Aviation Authority in this regard whilst duty-free sales staff remain ready in-store to assist passengers. Duty-free shoppers are reminded that their LAGs purchases must be kept sealed in the special plastic bag, given at the point of purchase, until they reach their final destination. More details :www.Acsa.co.za Happy travels 🙂

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