by Jennifer Kester
When you go holiday shopping, it’s a drag to have to turn down the services of the fantastic wrappers at the store. You decline because when you lug those perfectly wrapped presents to the airport, the TSA will just tear it to shreds. Here’s an incentive to bring your gifts sans festive paper and bows: A number of airports will wrap them for free once you clear security. It doesn’t make up for the full-body scanning, but it’s a start.
San Diego International Airport kicks off its free wrapping December 21 to 24 in terminals 1 and 2 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The airport will use wrapping paper designed by students in the New Children’s Museum’s After School Program.
Wrappers will be in the house at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport December 20 to 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in terminal 4. The service is gratis, though donations will be accepted to go toward local United Way charities.
San Francisco International Airport also offers the complimentary service in all three terminals.
Philadelphia International Airport will do your wrapping, but only if you buy gifts from the airport stores, which may be what you last-minute shoppers will be forced to do. USO volunteers will dress up your gifts through December 24.