5 Holiday Air Travel Tips

By Paul Riegler on 22 November 2013
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Security Checkpoint at JFK

The number of people flying during the coming Thanksgiving holiday period is estimated to be twenty-five million, a slight increase over last year.  The busiest days will be Wednesday, November 27, Sunday December 1, and Monday, December 2, but regardless of which day you plan to travel, it pays to be prepared with some time-saving tips.

1.) Check in from home.  Use your airline’s online check-in, either on the web or a smartphone app and save (or print) your boarding pass before leaving for the airport.  Some airlines allow you to pay any bag fees you might owe in advance as well, which will save time at the airport.

2.) Allow extra time at the airport.  Plan to be there at least one hour and 30 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and two hours for international flights.  Check with your airport and airline for required check-in times, which can vary locally, especially abroad.

3.) Make sure your carry-on bags meet the airline’s size limitations. Most airlines allow the larger bag to measure 22” x 14” x 9” including wheels and handle.

4.) Pack with airport security in mind.  If you don’t have access to the TSA’s PreCheck trusted traveler lanes, make sure to pack your three-ounce containers of liquid in a liter-size clear zip-top bag.  (Better yet, sign up for Global Entry and you’ll automatically be eligible for PreCheck as well.)

5.) Things get lost.  Make copies of your key documents such as passport, driver’s license, paper tickets, and hotel reservation confirmations.  These can come in handy if something goes awry.




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