While the stringent security measures enacted at airports by the TSA are certainly seeming to keep us safe while we are flying, it has definitely made one thing much more difficult—sneaking an engagement ring on the plane to surprise your significant other in some exotic, romantic location somewhere in the world. Many engagement surprises may have been ruined by the stricter security and men who have had to reveal their engagement ring to a surly security guard rather than the person they hoped to marry, ruining the surprise and possibly a future nuptial. Engagement rings will undoubtedly be picked up by security, so this is a legitimate concern when going on that well-planned trip. Below are some tips for how to get an engagement ring through airport security and ways to make sure that the TSA at the airport doesn’t ruin your engagement proposal when they ask you to show them your ring.
Put it in your carry on. You can always put the ring in your carry on bag, with a few well thought out precautions. You have two options here: if you have a live in partner who is either helping you pack or will see you pack, wait until just before you leave to put the ring in your bag (eliminate this step if you can pack your carry on without them seeing). Keep the ring in the box your jeweler gave you, not only is it a beautiful way to present it, but it will keep it safe. Then, on an index card write in (eligible) sharpie “Engagement ring! Shh please!” Any TSA monitoring the x-ray screen will get the point. Wrap the box and note in something you won’t need during the flight (extra pair of socks or boxers) and tuck it into the bottom of your carry on, underneath any magazines or your tablet. Just be cautious when getting stuff out of your bag on the way there.
Meet your significant other after security. The only way your significant other will see the engagement ring you plan on giving them is if it is revealed in front of them, right? So maybe right before you walk through security together, say you have to go to the bathroom or you forgot something at the airline desk and you will meet them on the other side. They may be a little suspicious about this, but that should only add to the great story you have together later. This way you can probably go through security without any real chance of them seeing you if security does pick up on the engagement ring.
Wrap It. Security at airports has scanners and ways of looking inside packages without opening them. So tell your significant other you are bringing a friend in the place you are going or the hotel staff a little present so they will give you “great” service and put the wrapped ring in your carry on bag. Just a little white lie. This way when security scans it, they won’t make you open the ring box, they will already know what’s inside and, hopefully, keep your secret.
Mail It Ahead of Time. You could also just forgo dealing with security ruining your surprise altogether and mail the ring to the hotel or a location nearby where you plan to propose. While there is a risk that the ring will not arrive due to being lost or stolen, you can always insure it for more than it’s worth and not lose a dime. It will also be another example of a great story in that particular location when your significant other says yes.