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TSA Warns Travelers Not To Smuggle Carry-On Items In Christmas Gift Wrap

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textalerts180 TSA Warns Travelers Not To Smuggle Carry On Items In Christmas Gift Wrap

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Security screeners at LAX will apparently have zero tolerance for holiday cheer this Christmas.

KNX 1070’s Bob Brill reports authorities on Friday are on the lookout for people who try to smuggle illegal items disguised as holiday gifts onto airplanes.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration issued the warning after a traveler was arrested this week after trying to smuggle marijuana in a wrapped gift.

There are other items which people feel they can carry on if it looks like a gift, but legally are banned from being brought onto a passenger aircraft.

If the circumstances are suspicious, TSA can and likely will open those gifts.

Certain sporting items such as bats, bows and arrows and pool cues cannot be brought on board unless checked.

Pocket knives and other concealed weapons are also prohibited — regardless of whether they’re wrapped in a pretty red bow.

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