Holiday Travel Tip: Don’t Wrap Before You Fly

According to travel blog, InFlighHQ:

    The TSA has reported that ALL wrapped gifts are subject to be unwrapped at the security check-in. The TSA recommends bringing wrapping paper with you, or purchasing some upon arrival. Bringing wrapped gifts will not only cause you frustration as they are unwrapped, but also slow down already long lines.

Oh no. Lifehacker also points out that you might want to check that the liquids you are bringing are approved… so you don’t lose a tasty dessert.

Don’t Wrap Before You Fly [InFlightHQ via Lifehacker]

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  1. acambras says:

    While this is certainly good to know, it’s not a new thing. I’ve never tried to travel by air with wrapped packages (even in checked luggage).

    Always good info, though.

  2. Magister says:

    Right, in a world where some GED grads are checking your carry-on for rogue bottles of water, can’t imagine anyone being surprised they can’t bring wrapped gifts.

  3. The Unicorn says:

    On the flip side, despite the fact that they’ve been saying this every year since September 11th, I’ve flown with wrapped packages every year & never once had anything unwrapped — and I was using metallic wrapping paper at least one of those times.

    So, if you’re willing to risk needing to re-do your wrapping, go ahead & wrap before you fly.

  4. acambras says:

    Or use gift bags — very easy.

  5. Pelagius says:

    Nice to know the x-ray machines can be foiled by the $1.99 wrapping paper I picked up at my local CVS.

    Yes, this rule has been around for five years. Doesn’t mean that it makes any sense…

    …but it probably does mean that you’ll get stuck behind a once-a-year traveler with an oversized carry-on full of liquids and wrapped presents this weekend.

  6. Daytonna says:

    This is really no supprise, TSA has never been included in the same thought with intelegence or common sense, by anyone with either of those traits.

    Kip Hawley is an Idiot. :)