South African passengers flying on any airline within the country may experience delays as airlines will be enforcing regulations on hand luggage. This is in accordance with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regulations.
Economy class passengers will be permitted carry-on luggage of one bag of up to 7kg in addition to a handbag or one slim-line laptop bag.
Business class passengers will be allowed two bags provided they don’t exceed the regulated dimension (36cm x 23cm x x56cm) and either a handbag or slim-line laptop bag. All hand luggage exceeding this would have to be checked-in.
According to Chris Zweigenthal - CEO of Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), this is a means to have a standardized and consistent application of the hand luggage regulation across all airlines. These restrictions are deemed necessary not only in the interest of ensuring compliance with legislation and airline hand baggage policies, but also in the interests of cabin and flight safety.
These are not new regulations but they were not implemented properly— Chris Zweigenthal
Listen to John Maytham talking to Chris Zweigental - CEO of AASA