Some travellers standing at the luggage carousel in Palma airport will experience every passenger’s worst nightmare.
Everybody else is collecting their luggage as normal except them. After lots of waiting the last suitcase finally comes on the carousel and as they reach for it they realize it’s half open with clothes hanging out.
It could be worse, expensive items could be stolen. But even if everything is still there, having the embarrassment and indignity of a broken suitcase and laundry hanging out is enough to ruin your day.
Plastic wrapping machines are at Palma airport. These machines provide a strong protective plastic film for all types of baggage.
The process takes less than a minute to completely wrap luggage secure with plastic cling film. The company at Palma airport claim that their plastic film is fully recyclable and non-toxic.
The film is very strong and can stretch over virtually any shape of luggage.
It prevents accidental openings. The wrap especially helps if a suitcase is overloaded or has an untrustworthy zipper.
The advantage of multiple layers of plastic wrap is that it protects against a number of potential pitfalls. The plastic wrap protects against theft, dirt, damage, marks and scratches from a rough conveyance and handling during transit.
Another protection is against humidity and rain, only an occasional threat at Palma Airport, during aircraft loading.
The company based at Palma, TrueStar, will wrap the baggage in a green film and also add an extra identification code and so it’s easy to identify if the luggage is lost.
At virtually all international airports including Palma there are dishonest professionals who will beat security and steal from luggage. You won’t completely stop thieves by using the bag wrap cling film system on offer at Palma but it will act as a deterrent.
Thieves want to be as speedy as possible and go through as much baggage as they can. When they come across a wrapped case they will likely choose another bag.
The plastic wrapping machines are on floor 2 of Palma Airport, the main check in floor. There are two of these with personnel to help. They are on either side of check in. The cost is approximately €10 for each item wrapped.
Floor 2. Check-in
Bags for liquids
Plastic bags for liquids can be purchased just before the main security check point on floor four of departures. These are before either security entrance and are the plastic bags for carrying liquids in hand luggage with a plastic zip-top.
Floor 4. Departures. Public zone
6am to 10:30pm