Between entertaining guests, cooking and gift shopping, the holidays can be a stressful time. With so much going on, the last thing you should worry about is your travel plans. With just a little bit of planning, your air travel experience can be as sweet as pumpkin pie.
1. Pack Ahead of Time
Even frequent travelers should allow themselves a little extra time to pack their holiday getaway bags. Last-minute packing can lead to an unorganized suitcase and important items forgotten at home (looking at you, phone charger!). By planning ahead, you can pack strategically and cut down on unnecessary baggage for a quicker day-of travel experience.
2. Arrive Early
With an estimated 27.3 million passengers projected to take to the skies this Thanksgiving period, you can bet the airports and TSA lines will be busy. The Transportation Security Administration recommends arriving at the airport two hours before your departure. Check-in for your flight online to minimize your time at the ticket counter and give yourself more time to clear security and find your gate.
3. Be Aware of TSA Guidelines
Before you pack up the leftovers of grandma’s famous pecan pie, check out the TSA’s “What Can I Bring” page to make sure it can pass through security. Solid food items (like pie) can be transported in a carry-on or checked baggage, as long as it’s properly sealed to avoid spilling. Potatoes and gravy? Not so much. As always, carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and fit in a quart-sized resealable bag.
4. Connect With Your Airline
Did you know that the best way to stay up-to-date with flight information is right in your hands? Download your airline’s app, sign up for text notifications and follow your carrier on social media to stay ahead of gate changes and other important announcements. And if you have a question or issue with your flight, reach out to your air carrier online! Dedicated customer service teams are ready to assist via Twitter and Facebook.
5. Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving should be about what really matters—reuniting with friends and family. Thanks to affordable airfare, this journey is more accessible than ever. So feel free to kick back and enjoy your flight’s entertainment options, snacks and that last bit of peace and quiet before your family greets you at your final destination.