Holiday Travel Guide: What to Expect at the Airport and on the Roads
It doesn’t feel like the most wonderful time of the year when this is your view at the airport.????Long lines, flight delays and traffic on the roads.????Here’s what to expect when flying for Christmas, New Year’s or any of the other winter holidays.????Take it from travel experts at USA Today, the Travel Channel and Travel Pulse.????Thursday December 20th and Friday December 21st are going to be hectic.????They’re projected to be the busiest days of the holiday travel period according to the Transportation Security Administration.????They’re talking a whopping 46 million holiday fliers between December 20th and January 6th.????That’s a 5% jump from last year!????If you’re a frequent flier, TSA checkpoints won’t be a mystery to you.????But keep in mind you’ll be sharing the lines with people who only fly once a year, which can slow things down.????Just like the lines outside, as a number of airports get congested not only in the terminals, but the access roads leading to them so leave earlier than you normally would.????You’re traveling during the holidays, and Mother Nature isn’t always on your side.????Be smart and leave extra time between connecting flights.????If you’re on a road trip, pack tire chains for snowy weather, flashlights and extra snacks just in case traffic is at a standstill.????Expect to take food items and powders out of your carry-on bags.????TSA says the reason for the food is because it adds to clutter in your luggage, so removing it can speed up the process, letting agents focus on other items.????And USA Today says powders like cosmetics, baby powder and protein mixes might be checked by TSA if they’re larger than 12 ounces.
The main concerns?
Improvised explosives or pepper spray being brought into the cabin.????It’s best to ship gifts, give gift cards or wrap presents once you reach your destination because if your wrapped gift sets off an alarm, TSA officers might need to unwrap it and see what’s inside.????Which could make anyone come unglued!