Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Today is one of the busiest travel days of the year as millions of Americans get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones.
News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport for tips on a hassle-free holiday travel experience.
Thanksgiving has always been one of the busiest times to travel and this year is no different. More than 48 million Americans plan to travel to their turkey day destination. Lexi Dunn and Eric George are traveling to Florida. “We’re going to Thanksgiving in Orlando and then we are taking our honeymoon cruise to Jamaica and Haiti,” said Dunn.
Michael Johnson is traveling to Connecticut. He said, “It’s actually the first time I’ve been back with my family for two years. I haven’t done a Thanksgiving with them in about six years. It should be interesting. It should be fun.”
While many are taking advantage of low gas prices, over 27 million people still plan on flying to their Thanksgiving stop. Elizabeth Schafer is traveling to Indiana. She said, “I chose to go home this Thanksgiving because of ticket prices. Airline tickets were so cheap this year. It was cost affordable.”
Airport officials are prepared for larger crowds and longer lines, but are you? Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to ensure you have a hassle free holiday travel experience. Number one: arrive early, especially if you plan on parking at the airport. Valentine Toote is traveling to Georgia. He said, “I like to be here two hours in advance so I avoid all the hustling and bustling on the streets. In the event of a flat tire, I like to be here on time.”
Number two: keep your electronic devices charged and handy. It’s also a good idea to sign up for text notifications with your airline in case there are any last minute changes.
Number three: pack smart. Most checked bags are delivered on time, but you don’t want to be without any essential items if your bag is delayed or lost. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said, “The airlines are predicting their busiest Thanksgiving travel season in history.”
So remember to remain patient as airport officials do their best to help you reach your final destination.