Luggage wrapping - to/from USA

Old Apr 10, 18, 3:11 am
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Luggage wrapping - to/from USA

Since a while ago I always wrap my luggage for my international long-haul flights wit connections to protect the luggage from damage and theft. Since I'm based in BKK the service is quite reasonable (THB 150 / USD 5 per piece) compare to other airports. I will have a flight with QR from BKK-CMB-DOH-PHL and would like to wrap it again. Is there anything to consider as I fly into the US and are there any special guidelines because of TSA? Is there the possibility to wrap my luggage in PHL for the return flight?
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Old Apr 10, 18, 6:50 am
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While I personally don’t wrap my luggage my casual observation is that it is less and less used and available than a few years ago. We’ve traveled to and from Europe and most recently the Middle East quite a bit in the last five years and I remember early on that there were kiosk or service points that advertised and offered luggage wrapping. Again I don’t go looking for them but I don’t remember seeing one of those recently. I also have noticed fewer wrapped bags coming off the carousels. Could be security concerns, from TSA and others, have made wrapping less attractive or it could be a fad that while maybe still available has faded over recent years. I know a cruise line we sail with once offered the service but I don’t recall that being available the last two or three years.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 9:17 am
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If someone wants to steal from your bag, they'll cut through the wrapping. You'll know something is missing anyways, so the wrapping isn't a deterrent.

Wrap if you want, but on flights out of the US, TSA frequently does look into bags, so you have a good chance of paying for something that will be removed a few minutes after you hand your bag off to the airline.
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Old Apr 11, 18, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by catocony View Post
If someone wants to steal from your bag, they'll cut through the wrapping. You'll know something is missing anyways, so the wrapping isn't a deterrent.

Wrap if you want, but on flights out of the US, TSA frequently does look into bags, so you have a good chance of paying for something that will be removed a few minutes after you hand your bag off to the airline.
Funny you should mention the "cutting" part. A couple of days ago in SFO we couldn't help notice (and comment) on the sweat inducing efforts of 4 people vs 1 wrapped suitcase. The comment I made to my wife was "well, since you can't bring a knife on the plane..." to which she lightly laughed.
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Old Apr 12, 18, 11:58 am
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Originally Posted by lfcfan View Post
Funny you should mention the "cutting" part. A couple of days ago in SFO we couldn't help notice (and comment) on the sweat inducing efforts of 4 people vs 1 wrapped suitcase. The comment I made to my wife was "well, since you can't bring a knife on the plane..." to which she lightly laughed.
Generally, at least small scissors are allowed (in the US and UK and places in Europe I've traversed, at least).
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Old Apr 15, 18, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by lfcfan View Post
Funny you should mention the "cutting" part. A couple of days ago in SFO we couldn't help notice (and comment) on the sweat inducing efforts of 4 people vs 1 wrapped suitcase. The comment I made to my wife was "well, since you can't bring a knife on the plane..." to which she lightly laughed.
Never had it done myself (would if had to check in my carry-on as it's not designed for the hold) but have checked it out and, from what I understand, the passenger with the wrapped bag receives a free removal tool.
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