Airport Security May Unwrap Your Presents for You

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — You might want to think twice before spending much time or money wrapping your gifts before flying this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration noted on its blog Monday that some travelers may be forced to have their presents unwrapped by airport security if the package is deemed to be suspicious in any way. The policy itself is nothing new, but rather a reminder for travelers who may think their gifts are somehow exempt from standard security protocol.

“Wrapped gifts are screened just like any other item,” the TSA explains in its blog post. “We can see through the paper just like we can see through luggage, but just as we have to open a bag when it requires a search due to an anomaly or an alarm, we have to open wrapped items as well if they alarm or require additional screening.”

After travelers have had to contend with full body scanners, invasive pat downs and other new TSA security procedures this year, this news about having your gifts searched may seem like the final straw, but the TSA suggests that this procedure will likely be the exception and not the rule.

“We want your gift to arrive wrapped just as much as you do,” the TSA says. “Just know the possibility is there that if the item alarms, we might have to open it to resolve the alarm.”

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