Will the TSA Take Away My Wrapped Christmas Presents?
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Will the TSA Take Away My Wrapped Christmas Presents?

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Can you get through security with your gifts wrapped? The myth ends here.

Stressing about getting those beautifully wrapped gifts to your loved ones this holiday season? Don’t.

When asked to confirm, once and for all, if presents should be brought through security unwrapped, a TSA spokesperson dubbed the travel myth a “wives’ tale.”

After all, packages are inspected just like any ordinary suitcase or bag—thin, decorative wrapping paper and ribbons aren’t likely to befuddle screening machines. But a package, whether intended to spread holiday cheer or not, is still subject to search if its contents look suspicious. If you have any doubts about your gifts, consider shipping them instead—you can send your cousin that beautiful Wüsthof knife set, but if you try packing it in your carry-on, you can bet TSA will confiscate it—wrapped or unwrapped.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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