Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year does not mean that any of us should lose even an iota of vigilance and dedication to the cause at hand which is, of course, our safety, and any inconvenience dedicated to such. Thus, while you might be getting ahead of things and purchasing all your gifts and even wrapping them, obsessive-compulsively and perfectly, as you do, the TSA is under no obligation to just leave the presents be, and might actually have to unwrap them if they seem slightly or majorly sketchy. However…you knew this already, right? This is the year 2011?
Seems that we all need reminders now and again, as the TSA has a blog post up explaining how, yes, as usual, they’ll screen your wrapped gifts, and, no, they are not grinches or scrooges, they’re just doing their jobs…As The TSA Blog’s “Blogger Bob” puts it:
Since TSA’s inception, we’ve worked to educate passengers about traveling with wrapped presents. This is nothing new. Wrapped gifts are screened just like any other item. 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.
We want your gift to arrive wrapped just as much as you do. Just know the possibility is there that if the item alarms, we might have to open it to resolve the alarm. We don’t enjoy unwrapping presents that aren’t for us, but if an anomaly is detected inside, we’ll have to unwrap it in order to determine what it is so we can clear it for travel.
This is nothing new. Nor is airline passenger rage. But, listen, just do what we do and wait and wrap your gifts at your destination. That way you don’t have to spend your own hard-earned money on wrapping paper, which is just going to be tossed in the trash anyway. Also…leave your snowglobes at home. Bringing them to the airport has been proven over and over again to end in tears, and that’s not very festive.
TSA Warns Passengers: Wrapped Gifts May Need To Be Unwrapped [The Consumerist]