Planning a destination marriage proposal is exciting but tricky. Whether you’re headed to romantic Paris, sunny Hawaii or her hometown in Georgia, it is important to wrap up all the loose ends before you depart. Along with booking a place to stay and researching activities, you’ll need to plan your proposal and figure out how to get the ring through TSA and past metal detectors.
When you’ve taken the time to plan such a spectacular proposal, the last thing you need is for your partner to see the engagement ring when airport security pulls it out of your bag. Luckily, there are multiple methods for hiding your ring box and keeping that wedding ring a secret until you pop the big question.
If you are planning on transporting the ring in your checked luggage, nestle the ring into the box it came in. Typically, there’s a small pillow or cushion inside to hold it securely in place. Although you might be tempted to leave the ring out of the box so it’s less obtrusive, this can be dangerous. The box will keep the ring safe and secure. Your destination proposal would be ruined if the ring were lost, so keep it in its container.
Avoid wrapping the box as well. Airport security can ask you to unwrap any wrapped packages -- which would certainly ruin the surprise if your soon to be fiance is standing nearby.
Attach a Note
Attach a small note to the box with tape or a rubber band. On the note, write a simple message concerning the contents of the box. For example, you might write, “Engagement ring inside. Please be discreet.” If a security officer happens to see this note during a search, your secret will hopefully remain safe.
Hide the Ring
Slide the box into a clean sock, glove or something similar. Ideally, it will be an item that won’t seem unusual for you to have in your bag. This step just gives you another layer of protection in case your bag is searched and your girlfriend glances at the contents.
Take it With You
Tuck the item into the bottom of your carry-on bag. Obviously, you don’t want it to look like you are hiding something. But you’ll want to keep it tucked away in case your girlfriend peeks into the bag. Here is where adding a note to the box may be asmart. If it sets off alerts in the x-ray machine and is removed from your carry-on luggage, the TSA agent may inspect it quietly and put it back without saying anything.
Fill the rest of your carry-on bag with safe items that won’t attract attention, such as a sweater and a few magazines or a book. Although you might be tempted to fill the bag with electronic devices or toiletries, these could prompt a search.
Watch your carry-on bag as it goes through the scanner. If the officers stop it and prepare to search, try distracting your partner somehow. Ask them to gather her things or head over to the gift shop for a magazine or snack.
If your ring is a true diamond or is made of gold, or has any other expensive elements of fine jewelry, purchasing travel insurance for this item from your jeweler may be wise. While this isn’t typical, you never know what may happen once you reach the airport, and jewelry insurance could help you be safe rather than sorry.