The Civil Aviation Authority on Sunday retracted its directives regarding the mandatory wrapping of luggage in plastic at all airports in the country after it came under rapid fire from all quarters over the controversial decision.
The CAA had earlier issued a notification, saying that the “all check-in baggage of international and domestic passengers is to be wrapped with plastic sheets at the initial stage of scanning at search counters of the ASF, ANF and Customs”.
The notification had stated that wrapping charges were fixed at Rs50 per bag and demanded “immediate compliance of the directives”.
It may be mentioned that the notification was part of an agreement between the PCAA and Air Ciro, a company owned by Air Marshal (r) Shahid Lateef who is also a defence analyst.
It also attracted flak for using plastic in spite of its growing pollution in the country. According to a report, the plastic wraps are also not environment-friendly and the plastic material which was used for the bags was also not degradable.