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Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

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Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

Is this ok? My boyfriend is saying they will make us open them at security?? Not sure if this is true! As there could be money in them?

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1. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

It's fine. No idea why your boyfriend thinks this is a problem.

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2. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

don't put them in your hold luggage, in case they get lost, put them in hand luggage.

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3. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

Eh no, this should be fine.

Sure, if suspicious they could ask you to open them, but that would be unusual. I travel with sealed documents regularly in my lap top bag and have never ever been asked to open them.

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4. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

If you're going to take cards, don't seal them. Then if they have to be opened, the envelope will be OK.

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5. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

I took my birthday cards with me this year. No problem.

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6. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

I think your boy friend has heard about the recommendation to not wrap presents as they can cause suspicion/delays at customs. Cards are fine IME (as have been wrapped presents TBH) in and out of UK & USA.

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7. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

Can't believe anyone would think this would be a problem. I've taken birthday cards and regularly take wedding anniversary cards purely for the sake of an upgrade :-)

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8. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

Don't worry. Even i the need arose to open them, you will be present.

Is one of those cards for me?

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9. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

Actually this has been a problem. Many people have reported that TSA digs through their personal papers, wallets, etc. They have exceeded their mandate of looking for weapons several times. One example: …wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020455680457…

With a few birthday cards you probably have a 99.9% chance of no hassle. Don't have them sitting on top of a phone book of paper when your bag goes through the x-ray. That will show up and may trigger the bag search. I would not seal them until you get to your destination. Why risk the overzealous TSO that thinks you have a razor blade hidden in one and ruin the envelop, when you can't easily get a matching replacement.

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10. Re: Is it ok to take birthday cards in suitcase to open abroad?

The article above has to do with fake passports and thousands of dollars in cash being questioned NOT a few birthday cards!!

I wonder why you bring up this stuff that has nothing to do with the question.

@jade c Don't worry about the birthday cards!!

NOone is interested in reading them or looking at them. I assume you won't be taking hundreds as that might make some folks wonder about it!