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    Liann Walborsky
    » Communications Manager, Tech CU
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    thanksgiving travel: not for the faint of heart

    November 14, 2012 Posted by: Liann Walborsky

    Are you one of those brave souls who has decided to get on an airplane during the Thanksgiving holiday? Well, you’re in good company. Nearly 24 million people will be taking flights between November 16 and the 25 (the most traveled day of the year with 2.4 million people expected to fly). Planes will be full – and the airports will be packed with everyone from crying babies and messy toddlers to annoyed and tired adults. If you are lucky enough to be flying into or out of Chicago’s O’Hare, LAX, San Francisco or LaGuardia, you should be pleased to know that these are the five busiest airports over Thanksgiving. The weather can also be unpredictable at this time of the year, but we’ll all just keep our fingers crossed.  

    To get you through the travel part of the holiday, we’ve put together a couple of tips to try and make it a bit smoother.  

    1. Print your boarding pass at home. Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s one of those things I always forget to do and then regret having to stand in line for one second longer than necessary.  
    2. Sign up for online alerts and updates so you know in advance about flight changes. Check traffic reports before you leave the house to get a sense of pending problems on the highway or long waits on the exit ramp.  
    3. Arrive at the airport really, really early. Especially if you have kids. Why stress about the long security lines (and they will be long) when you’ve got a good two hours to go before your flight leaves? 
    4. Carry-on, carry-on and carry-on. Yes, it’s hard to cram all of your stuff into a small bag and there is the issue with liquids, but do your best to avoid checking luggage. You can even ship the bigger stuff to your destination ahead of time. This ensures that your bag won’t get lost and you won’t be stuck at Aunt Ida’s house for five days without a clean shirt.  
    5. If your flight is delayed more than two hours or canceled, you can get a refund – and it is possible to be paid in cash.  


    Safe travels and enjoy the holiday! 

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