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CAA retracted its decision of Wrapping baggage

22 July, 2019

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A day after making plastic wrapping, an extra layer of protection over the baggage, of all check-in luggage mandatory at all airports of the country, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Sunday retracted its decision following social media backlash.

The watchdog had ordered all air travellers to have their checked baggage shrink-wrapped, drawing scorn and criticism from frequent flyers and environmentalists.

Shahrukh Nusrat, director general of CAA, had said that wrapping baggage was now “mandatory”, and it was being done for “safety” purposes.

Passengers would have to pay 50 rupees (about US$0.31) per bag for the wrapping, Nusrat said in a statement. “For this purpose, new plastic-wrapping machines are being installed on an urgent basis,” he added.

Pakistan’s frequent flyers cast scorn on the edict, suggesting it had been introduced to enrich an unnamed company tasked with doing the wrapping.

Others suggested the quantity of plastic that would be needed was wasteful. “Why is the #CAA destroying the #environment,” tweeted Ayesha Tammy Haq, a lawyer and broadcast journalist. Luggage-wrapping machines are a feature at many airports in Pakistan — and elsewhere in the world — but are usually used by passengers to prevent theft by light-fingered baggage handlers.

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