After severe backlash, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has withdrawn the decision that made it compulsory for air travelers to plastic-wrap their checked luggage.

Notifying the compulsion, CAA had said it was implemented for the safety of passengers and the price for wrapping each piece of baggage was set at Rs50.

New wrapping machines were to also be installed at airport check-in areas, however, the decision was severely criticised by travelers as well as environmentalists, which led to the reversion.


Ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Tareen was among those who criticised the notification.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari notified the withdrawal on Twitter saying that it was never a federal government decision as it was not discussed by the cabinet.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir has posted a video clarifying that the wrapping was mandatory only for Hajj flights as it was a requirement of the government of Saudi Arabia.