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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Gifts could pose problem at airports

By Ashley Halsey III

Airport security may take a bit of the ho-ho out of your holiday season if your beautifully wrapped gifts appear to contain something worthy of closer scrutiny, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday.

"It might make sense to wrap your gifts after you get there," said Jonella J. Culmer of the TSA.

Wrapped packages can be put through normal airport security X-ray machines, but if inspectors can't figure out what they contain or see something that concerns them the packages will be opened before they go on board a plane.

By Ashley Halsey III  | December 3, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation  
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Another good tip I've heard in the past is that if you're using a box with a separate top to hold the present--say, like a shoebox or a department-store clothing box--you might consider wrapping the bottom part of the box and the top part of the box separately so that you can easily open the box at airport security without damaging the wrapping should they demand to see what's inside. Then, when you reach your destination (or even while you sit and wait at the gate), you can use tape to fasten the two parts together.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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