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 Post subject: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:59 pm 
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We've decided to fly into Upington. The SAA aircraft is the Embraer RJ 135, which I have flown frequently to my home in Key West. It is one of those gate check aircraft. Here in the USA we are allowed one piece of big baggage, a smaller wheeled type suitcase that fits in the overhead bin of larger jets (but in the RJ135 it gets stored in the wing or cargo hold) and then a personal item, which I understand to be a cabin/tote bag or briefcase that fits under the seat in front.

Can anyone clarify the situation or their experience? I have called SAA for their guidelinesand have different answers each time. One rep told me that only ONE personal item is allowed on board: a purse OR a coat OR umbrella OR briefcase OR cellphone....does not make sense to me.


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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:13 pm 
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When we travelled Upington-Joburg, and Durban-Nelspruit on SAA link, we were allowed a normal suitcase each, to go in the hold, both times, just like on the larger planes.

We were also allowed one piece of hand luggage each, like you would be allowed on an ordinary sized plane.
I also had my largish handbag and hubby had our laptop.

That was in 2009 and 2011, so things may have changed.

They were both 50 seater turbo props.(not very technical, but that was my understanding!!!)

Hope you get it sorted and also have a wonderful time. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:10 pm 
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Crested Val, you describe exactly what we will be carrying.

The SAA agents seem to have differing opinions as to what is allowed. I cannot imagine such a situation that a jacket OR a purse OR a wheeled carry-on OR a cellphone is the one-and-only item allowed on board the aircraft. Sounds like flying vEasyJet or Ryanair but not at their budget prices!


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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:18 pm 
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I travel heavier than CV, so I usually have two checked bags (I usually have to pay extra for the 2nd one), plus a wheelie that is gate checked, plus a largish handbag that fits under the seat. I'm sure that you'll be fine. I've so far always had excellent experiences flying SAAirlink.

Have a great trip!

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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
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Arks, thank you.

I will have a largish purse which fits under the seat, a wheeled carry-on--both of which will hold my clothes, toiletries, and electronics-- while the checked larger suitcase will hold provisions, food, LED lantern, that kind of thing.


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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
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On our return flight from UTN to JNB, while we were checking in, we were asked the usual questions. When the gentleman was asking if we had any batteries in our checked bag, we thought nothing of it and said only the ones in our small flashlights (torches). We had to open the bags to be checked, find the flashlights, and remove the batteries before he would tag them and check us in. He was very polite about it, but I don't ever remember having to remove batteries from a flashlight before. They could be in the checked bag, just not in the device.


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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:34 pm 
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Was this recently, hollydog? I've encountered this only once, 20 years ago in Hong Kong :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
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Hi Arks, it was in February of this year.


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 Post subject: Re: The small SAA airplanes that fly to Upington?
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:45 am 
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Our daughter flies to Upington at least 3 times a year and each time she has a lot of luggage (being a student I don't think I need to say more!!) and she usually has a big handbag and her laptop as carry on luggage and the rest goes into the hold.

The last year she flies with her pet cat home and the "rules" change each and every time she comes home. :wall:

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