If you’re traveling over the holidays, we wish you safe travels! And it’s always worth revisiting a few of our standby tips for a smoother holiday travel experience.
Best bet is to leave gifts unwrapped. If a security officer needs to inspect a package, he or she may have to unwrap it. Consider shipping wrapped gifts ahead of time, using gift bags, or waiting until your arrival to wrap them.
Be aware of the rules when packing food or gifts containing liquids or gels in carry-on baggage (lotion, perfume, jams, maple syrup, wine, etc. all fall into the “liquids and gels” category, so ensure they don’t exceed the permitted volume).
Consult your airline’s specific size and weight restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage, as there may be additional fees associated with oversize or overweight bags.
If checking bags can be avoided, travelers can save time and money. Reviewing the airline carriers’ baggage policies before packing is a good idea.
Checking in online will always help save time at the airport.
Know your flight status. Check online or call ahead to ensure your on-time departure and arrival.
Being early is the best bet. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so travelers should check with their air carriers to ensure they have time to check baggage if needed and move through security.
At the Airport
Be ready for security. Everyone can do their part to speed security lines. Remove belts, shoes and other items while you are waiting in line.
Travelers should have ID ready and make sure all liquid items that have not been checked are in compliance with TSA’s 3-1-1 Liquid Policy requirements. This saves time and helps lines move more quickly. See the TSA’s holiday travel tips for details on the 3-1-1 Liquid Policy and other tips, or the recent TSA blog post specific to holiday travel. Visit CATSA’s website for information about traveling through Canadian airports.
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