Follow These Rules To Avoid Having Your Christmas Presents Unwrapped At The Airport

Save yourself the hassle of wrapping your presents twice and make sure you follow these rules if you’re flying with your holiday gifts this Christmas.

TSA agents at the airport need to check out any item in your checked bag or carry on that raises red flags – even if that item is perfectly wrapped and clearly a football.

The best way to avoid having your wrapping undone is to mail your gifts ahead of time or just wrap them at your destination. If you absolutely have to travel with wrapped gifts, check out the tips below.

Finally, be prepared for the TSA to, ahem, re-wrap your gifts. TSA agents mean well, so they’ll often tape up any presents they unwrapped. But their work isn’t exactly department store level. If your gifts were inspected, you’ll typically find a notice from the agents and a bunch of official TSA tape resealing the wrapping paper. It’s not the prettiest wrapping job you’ll ever see, but it’s sure to be a talking point on Christmas morning.