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Terri Mapes

Thanksgiving Travel Update

By November 15, 2013

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The dreaded Thanksgiving travel rush is expected to start this weekend - and airlines will once again have travelers in record numbers. This is expected to last until the Monday after Thanksgiving and maybe even until Wednesday. To make your travels as painless and smooth as possible, prepare yourself for these basic rules:

  • Arrive early! This means 90 minutes early for a domestic flight, and two hours early for an international flight.
  • Allow time for traffic congestion on the way to the airport and for check-in as well.
  • Don't bring any liquids or gels (water, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, etc). It will speed up the security checks considerably.
  • If you cannot avoid bringing liquids, it will have to be in a container that is marked 3.4 fl. oz. or less (and said container must fit inside a clear quart-sized bag).

For up-to-date length of wait lines for your travel day and time, see Current TSA Wait Lines.

NOTE: Getting to your flight on time is not all security -- security is only part of your journey. The security wait time DOES NOT include airline check-in counter wait times, which are often over an hour long during Thanksgiving.

Image: TSA.Gov

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