Tips for Thanksgiving travel
• Travel on Tuesday or Thursday morning rather than on Wednesday. Flights are cheaper, and there are fewer people to deal with at the airport.
• Pack light and don’t check a bag. This saves you time later and you don’t have to worry about the airlines losing your stuff.
• Check in online. You don’t have to stand in line at the airport and you’ll likely be in an earlier boarding group.
• Get there early. At least two hours for international flights and an hour for domestic.
• Don’t wear a belt if you don’t have to. It will just slow you at security.
Wear easily removable shoes. Easy on, easy off.
• Put all your metal objects, jewelry, watches, phones, etc., into your carry-on before you get to security. That way you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving items at the checkpoint.
• Pack your 3.4 oz. of liquids in advance so the TSA won’t confiscate them from you. Keep in mind that a lot of food counts as liquid and cannot be brought through security. This includes cranberry sauce! Cakes and pies are acceptable, though they have to be screened.
• Pack organized. If your bag is just overflowing with stuff and you get searched, you will have to spend time repacking at the checkpoint.
• Don’t pack gifts with you. The TSA has the right to open up anything you have wrapped nicely.