Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Presents to Aruba

Aruba Bound
So Jerry and I are having our annual discussion about Christmas presents. Each year when we travel, we pack our gifts, along with wrapping paper, scissors, gift tags and the much need scotch tape in order to wrap our gifts upon arrival at our destination. This year it will be Aruba!

Pain in the neck, but the United States governement in the form of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) likes it that way. Small price to pay to get our presents to Aruba.

My parents on the other hand have always wrapped gifts prior to leaving home, placing them into their checked luggage. My parents do not use locks and their gifts are never stolen, nor are they unwrapped. "Good for them" I always think. If it were us, of course, "if" our gifts were NOT stolen, then TSA would of course have unwrapped each and every one of them!

Again, round we go around this time of year about whether or not to take the chance. Jerry called Delta and they said it is just fine to check wrapped gifts in luggage. Still dubious, I once again went back to the TSA's website seeking clarification. Sure enough in their article Pack Smart ...
"Wait to wrap your gifts. Be aware that wrapped gifts may need to be opened for inspection. This applies to both carry-on and checked baggage."
So once again, Jerry and I will be hurriedly wrapping gifts upon arrival in Aruba. Better than the alternative of staying home.

Whether you are traveling to Aruba, or somewhere else for the holidays, then maybe you will also find this article of interest "Travel Safe, Travel Simple".