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Old 05-26-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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I love it. Protection from lousy baggage handling. Been using it for years, never had the wrap taken off.
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Old 05-26-2016, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I get it more for security reasons, as in light fingered airport employees, rather than anything else. Now in Asia when I was there last, the new trend is bags for your bags, so they don't get dirty. But what happens when the outside bag gets dirty?


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Old 05-27-2016, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Atlanta area
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I've seen people shrink wrap their bags because of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninoy_...anting_scandal
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've seen people shrink wrap their bags because of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninoy_...anting_scandal
Yep! People do this to keep others from stashing 'stuff' in their bags! In some areas this is very common and most people pay to have their bags wrapped. Then they know right away if their bag has been opened.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:03 PM
 
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I get it more for security reasons, as in light fingered airport employees, rather than anything else. Now in Asia when I was there last, the new trend is bags for your bags, so they don't get dirty. But what happens when the outside bag gets dirty?
Oh nooooooo!!!!!!!

Luggage provides protection to what is inside.
Then we buy protection to protect the luggage.
Now we need another bag to protect the bag that protects the luggage that protects what is inside.

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Old 05-30-2016, 02:20 PM
 
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we've never done this when travelling internationally, but, when i see passengers checking in their luggage with shrink wrap around them, isn't TSA going to remove it after it's been checked in?

that's like padlocking the zipz together of the luggage and TSA removing it after the luggage has been checked in.

Also, where do you shrink wrap your luggage? May sound like an easy question but I've never done this myself.


Many travelers to Asia are shrink wrapping their luggage not to avoid theft but to prevent scams like the "bullet scam" that has been occurring frequently at Aquino Airport in Manila, Philippines.

Philippines airport bullet-in-bag scam hits travelers - CNN.com
Philippine legislators angered by Manila 'bullet scam' - BBC News


In this scam, live bullets are dropped into the suitcases of Western travelers by airport personnel. When they go through customs with their bags, the bullets are found and the traveler is detained. The passenger is then detained until they come up with the money to pay the fine. It has been such a problem that it has been investigated by the Philippine Congress and has been widely reported in the international press.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Many travelers to Asia are shrink wrapping their luggage not to avoid theft but to prevent scams like the "bullet scam" that has been occurring frequently at Aquino Airport in Manila, Philippines.

Philippines airport bullet-in-bag scam hits travelers - CNN.com
Philippine legislators angered by Manila 'bullet scam' - BBC News


In this scam, live bullets are dropped into the suitcases of Western travelers by airport personnel. When they go through customs with their bags, the bullets are found and the traveler is detained. The passenger is then detained until they come up with the money to pay the fine. It has been such a problem that it has been investigated by the Philippine Congress and has been widely reported in the international press.
Actually they don't aim, pardon the pun, for Westerners, as we'll complain. Loudly. Like most of Asia, face is important, and as your BBC article says, they tend to target OFW's and other Asians.
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Many travelers to Asia are shrink wrapping their luggage not to avoid theft but to prevent scams like the "bullet scam" that has been occurring frequently at Aquino Airport in Manila, Philippines.

Philippines airport bullet-in-bag scam hits travelers - CNN.com
Philippine legislators angered by Manila 'bullet scam' - BBC News


In this scam, live bullets are dropped into the suitcases of Western travelers by airport personnel. When they go through customs with their bags, the bullets are found and the traveler is detained. The passenger is then detained until they come up with the money to pay the fine. It has been such a problem that it has been investigated by the Philippine Congress and has been widely reported in the international press.
The news article you cite is from November 2015, yet the baggage shrink wrapping biz has been around for many years. It simply doesn't make any sense that a regional scam us driving an industry. People are shrink wrapping their luggage for other reasons.
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