Are Wrapped Gifts Accepted Through Airport Security?

Are Wrapped Gifts Accepted Through Airport Security?

"I just read about that. You can take gifts wrapped through security, but they have the option of opening them up," said Tom Garman, an air traveler.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - As the holidays creep closer, shoppers are hitting the malls getting their Christmas presents, and getting them wrapped. After all, isn't it all about the packaging?

But what happens when you're planning to fly with those wrapped gifts?

"I have ten to 15 gifts wrapped to take on the plane, plus the one we just had wrapped here," said Nellie Keck, an air traveler.

TSA says traveling with food or gifts is a challenge. Sometimes you can travel on board with wrapped gifts. But there's no guarantee that they won't ask you to unwrap them.

"I just read about that. You can take gifts wrapped through security, but they have the option of opening them up," said Tom Garman, an air traveler.

While wrapped gifts are not prohibited, if a bag alarms, then security officers may have to unwrap the gifts.

"We spent $25 on paper bows and tape, and the time we took to wrap them so they would look decent," said Keck.

Officials with TSA recommend passengers wrap gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time to avoid the chance of having to open them during the screening process. 

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