Compulsory wrapping of check-in baggage causes online outrage
LAHORE: The federal government has come under fire for a controversial decision to make wrapping of check-in luggage at all Pakistani airports compulsory for travelers.
According to an official notification issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), all check-in baggage of domestic and international passengers be wrapped up with plastic sheets at the initial stage of the scanning at all airport.
Wrapping charges have been fixed at Rs50 per bag, according to the letter which has gone viral on social media platforms.
The order is part of an agreement between the PCAA and Air Ciro, a company owned by Air Marshal (retd). Shahid Lateef.
Meanwhile, the move has irked netizens, some of them described it as legalized corruption.
CAA is making it compulsory to get your checked in luggage wrapped for Rs50. Whats the logic of that requirement?
Air Marshal (r) Shahid Latif has the contract.
If this isnt legalized corruption i dont know what is.
Shahid Latif sb is a saint on TV. pic.twitter.com/GRqow61mCc
— Waqas (@waqas_x) July 20, 2019
Shahid Latif, who is seen saving & protecting Pak through his analysis almost every night, will be making alot of money. Ofcourse u wil pay him as u will b forced to wrap ur luggage at the airport. Its compulsory even though it is optional across the worlds best known airports 🙌 pic.twitter.com/XdF5jCCRGM
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) July 20, 2019
This is a patently illegal arrangement. How can a license agreement between the PCCA and a private entity impose charges on ordinary citizens? And that to for a ridiculous step of wrapping plastic bags on luggage? Who are the geniuses who come up with such steps? pic.twitter.com/5hhkO5yWoA
— Reza Ali (@RezaAli1980) July 20, 2019
Retd Air Vice Marshal Shahid Latifs company, Air Ciro, has the contract for plastic-wrapping of bags at Pakistani airports. This govt just made wrapping checked luggage compulsory. This is not corruption. There is nothing to see here.
— Assad Zulfiqar Khan (@pseudorebel) July 20, 2019