Why would you wrap your luggage in plastic?
At many airports you can wrap your luggage with sheets of sticky plastic. Why on earth would you do that? I only see disadvantages. I can imagine the mess when customs ask you to open your luggage. So what benefits am I missing?
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=luggage+wrap+plastic&qs=n&sk=&form=QBIR has several good hits
I had to do it once when my suitcase zipper broke about 10 minutes before leaving for the airport. It was worth every penny!
During a local flight, the airline would refuse to check in a wheelchair unless it was wrapped and protected; so it has its use.
The reason(s) depends very strongly on which airport&country you're flying **from**, and **to**. (Theft rate, accidental damage rate, theft specifically by baggage handlers, contraband, security situation). Also whether the item is easily soiled/damaged/has protruding parts or straps.
It's quite simple:
- You can spot more easily whether someone has opened it
- It can not open by accident
- The luggage doesn't get dirty
- You don't want your expensive luggage to be scratched!
- It looks really sexy
"It looks really sexy". Yeah, if plastic-wrapped stuff is your fetish -- by all means, go ahead and knock yourself out.
Regarding protection against scratches and scuffs, etc - The purpose of luggage is to protect the contents. I understand people liking their luggage, but isn't protecting the protection device a little much?
@neilfein: Not at all! See, you need to have a luggage in a luggage in your luggage (which is then wrapped) for the optimal level of protection ;)