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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21617

Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 10 September 2003:

(1) Is there a new luggage wrapping facility at Melbourne International Airport.

(2) Does the Government plan to introduce this service at other airports around Australia.

(3) Has the Government studied the current security practices in place throughout the world before implementing this new service.

(4) As many airports, particularly in the US, demand that luggage “not be locked” for security purposes, why has this service been introduced.

(5) What is the cost of this service.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I am aware that a privately operated luggage wrapping service known as Protectabag, operates within the public area of the Melbourne Airport International Terminal Building and that it commenced on 20 December 2002.

(2) No. The luggage wrapping service is a privately owned and operated retail business; it is not an Australian Government business nor has its use been mandated by the Australian Government.

(3) The service has not been implemented by the Australian Government.

(4) I understand that the service is being marketed as a protection to passenger's baggage from damage during handling at airports and carriage on aircraft. A bag treated by Protectabag will still be subject to security measures within Australia and overseas.

(5) I understand the cost of the wrapping service is $7.50 per bag (inclusive of GST).