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5 Hacks To Surviving Thanksgiving Air Travel

BY TEAM JST

airlines.org 2014-Thanksgiving-Air-Travel-Forecast-Infograph1-1024x791Photo: Airlines.org

According to the infographic above posted by Airlines.org, Thanksgiving this year will be a very busy one. Some say it may be the craziest Thanksgiving travel since 2007, as airlines are expected to host 12.3 million passengers…roundtrip. Yikes!

So what’s the best way to keep calm and make your flight? Besides drinking lots of beer at the boarding gate bar while complaining about your delayed schedule, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 hacks that will save your Thanksgiving travel life.

1. 24-hour check-in is a total gem.

It’s 2014, so fly like it! Utilize all your resources and get online to check in 24 hours prior to your departure. Pick you seat, pay ahead of time if you’ve got additional baggage, travel insurance or miscellaneous charges they may upcharge at the airport. After all of this is done, printing out your boarding pass at home is key!

deltapoints.boardingarea boarding pass tsa precheckPhoto: deltapoints.boardingarea.com

2. Get familiar with 6 important letters: TSA PRE.

By now, if you don’t know what this means, you’ve already wasted a few hours at the security line when you didn’t need to. TSA released a precheck option for “lower-risk travelers.” So after you’ve checked in, make sure to check “TSA PRE” on your boarding pass. With precheck, you won’t need to stand in the regular security line, and you won’t need to remove shoes, clothing items or even take out your laptops.

jaxworld.blogspot TSA precheck airport securityPhoto: jaxworld.blogspot.com

3. Don’t be lame, be an early bird.

This is not the time to gamble with time. Airports are crazy, flights have zero empty seats and weather will be unpredictable. So make sure you follow the good old golden rule: get to the airport 2 hours before departure time. In this case, being an early bird doesn’t mean you’re an old geezer, it means that you won’t be that crazy person sweating in line and not make your flight.

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4. Your magic numbers are: 3-1-1.

Probably the most irritating rule of all that’s here to stay, at least for now. So follow it religiously. 3-1-1 refers to your containers in your carry-on must be no more than 3.4 ounces, and they need to all fit into a 1-quart bag. That’s one passenger, one bag. If you don’t want to waste minutes on opening hand luggage or plastic bags to dump your liquids, then get down with 3-1-1.

Flickr Karl Baron liquids airport securityPhoto: Flickr/Karl Baron

5. Tweet your heart out.

Believe it or not, it’s the best way to communicate with airlines and get your questions answered. If you’re wondering why there’s a delay or what’s the latest, you’ll probably see it on Twitter. So stay connected as it’ll be your source of information. When times get rough, don’t be rude on social media. Airlines have real people behind these accounts and please remember, this is their Thanksgiving too. Safe travels and good luck!

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