Someone is planning to bring fragile items (eg. glass bottle, steel bar, lamp, or electronics without Lithium battery) in a flight checked luggage.

That person tries to protect those fragile items with biodegradable foam peanuts put them together inside the suitcase.

Which one is better: to spread those foams within the suitcase or to contain the foams into several transparent plastic bags before putting it into the suitcase?

This question emerge to overcome some cases when the airport security officers want to open the suitcase and do checking.

Thank you

  • Appologize to add a minor question (as probably it is an open question but still has a relation to the main question) Is it allowable to bring biodegradable foams in a flight checkked luggage? Jun 19, 2019 at 14:50
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    Steel bars are fragile? I mean, airline baggage handling can be rough, but it's rarely that rough. Did you mean to write something else? 🙂 Jun 19, 2019 at 15:28
  • Traveling between which countries? (in some countries almost all biodegradable materials are suspect and may likely not be imported, other countries will not be bothered by them.)
    – Willeke
    Jun 19, 2019 at 15:30
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    @DavidRicherby Thanks. It is 3D assembled thin steel bars. However, editor probably can remove steel bars to avoid confussion, please. Jun 19, 2019 at 16:03
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    Packing peanuts work best if the fragile item they are protecting is submerged in them. It'll be a nightmare for customs officers to check and for you to repack though.
    – JoErNanO
    Jun 19, 2019 at 17:51


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