Pakistan relents on mandatory baggage wrap for passengers

Decision to force travellers to wrap checked-in luggage reversed after furious backlash
Pakistan relents on mandatory baggage wrap for passengers
The Civil Aviation Authority had said plastic wrapping would be mandatory at all airports in the country, for domestic and international flights,
By Gavin Gibbon
Tue 23 Jul 2019 11:15 AM

Passengers flying from Pakistan will not be forced to have check-in luggage wrapped in plastic.

An earlier announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had said plastic wrapping would be mandatory at all airports in the country, for domestic and international flights, at the initial stage of scanning at combined search counters of Airports Security Force (ASF), Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and the customs.

However, this was retracted following a furious outcry on social media, according to a report (https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2019/07/21/pakistanis-angered-by-new-airpo...) in Gulf Today.

The decision was condemned by ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf politician Jahangir Tareen, who tweeted: “Just came across a very illogical notification issued by the CAA. Forcing passengers to wrap their luggage is not on. People should have the right to decide whether they want their luggage wrapped or not. The notification should be withdrawn asap.”

A subsequent statement from the CAA said: "The letter under reference is to be treated as cancelled ab initio with immediate effect. Any correspondence made in furtherance of the referred latter is also required to be cancelled.

"Compliance with regard to the above instructions is to be ensured with immediate effect.”

Travellers choose to wrap their luggage in plastic as it acts as a shield against scrapes, bumps and bad weather. It also deters potential thieves from breaking into suitcases.

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