I forgot to mention this. Before I was allowed to check in for my flight from Chennai to Coimbatore, I had to have my luggage checked. They ran it through the x-ray, and then ran it onto this machine that wrapped this white band around it, sealed it, and cut it to length. It was the same type of band used on the old stacks of newspaper or for shipping.
This is the view from my balcony (without that goofy guy standing in the way).