Towards a ban on plastic film for wrapping suitcases

Will plastic film for wrapping suitcases be banned at European airports? This is the question that arises with this recent proposal from the European Parliament that aims to ban shrink-wrap plastic films used to wrap suitcases and luggage carried on board planes from different airlines.

Protecting your suitcase with plastic wrap has become almost a habit among most travelers on board the plane. Wrapping your suitcase with plastic wrap helps protect it from possible theft or scratches due to shocks suffered during the flight. The plastic film also prevents the accidental opening of suitcases and, above all, the risk of introducing drugs or other illicit products.

Many airports offer passengers the option of protecting their luggage with plastic wrap through approved packaging services. Thus, at airports inOrly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, it is the Bag Wrap company that carries out these operations, paying 13 euros per bag package. But for some time now, this operation has also been carried out by illegal packers who offer their services in exchange for a sum of money.

Will plastic film for wrapping suitcases be banned at airports soon?

This practice, which is not an obligation on the part of airlines, will soon have to be banned. In fact, the European Parliament recently added an amendment to the draft revision of the packaging regulation that aims to ban shrink-wrapping plastic films for wrapping suitcases at airports, it reports. BFM TV.

The European Union is currently working on revising its Packaging Regulation (PPWR). MEPs recently reviewed and amended the original text proposed by the European Commission in November 2022, introducing significant changes. Among the latter is a proposal that aims to ban shrink-wrap plastic films used to wrap suitcases and luggage from January 1, 2030.

The ban is part of a set of measures foreseen in the draft revision of the European regulation on packaging. But the ban is not yet certain. Although voted by the European Parliament, the ban on the use of plastic films to wrap suitcases has not yet been implemented. The text will have to be approved by the Council of the European Union, which represents the Member States and shares legislative power with the European Parliament, specifies BFM TV.

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