Travelers should leave Christmas gifts unwrapped, airport suggests

Posted at 7:54 AM, Dec 05, 2018

BOISE, Idaho — It’s important to know one thing when traveling in the air this holiday season: what to pack, and how to pack it.

A Boise, Idaho airport is advising travelers to leave presents unwrapped.

"People will bring wrapped Christmas gifts and if TSA sees something in that gift that they may not like, they have to unwrap that gift," Boise Airport's marketing manager Sean Briggs said.

Wrapped presents can easily disguise dangerous or suspicious items. For the safety of all travelers, make items in your bag accessible to help the TSA reduce delays.

If a traveler chooses to ignore security recommendations, TSA is permitted to unwrap gifts or confiscate them. To ensure the safe arrival of gifts, opt for carrying the gift in a bag or simply leaving it unwrapped, ready for security to inspect if needed.

The Boise Airport's officials said this month is on track to be its busiest yet.

“We’re trending 11 percent up over last year in terms of total passenger traffic," Briggs said. “It’s important to give yourself up to two hours before your departure time."

For more information on TSA rules and recommendations click here.