Flying Tips For The Busiest Travel Day Of The Year

More than 3 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving with Wednesday being the busiest travel day of the year.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

Shannon O’Connor is a first time holiday traveler.

“I like relaxed travel instead of crazy travel,” O’Connor said.

So she is giving herself plenty of time to make it home to Connecticut for Thanksgiving.

“Tomorrow I think there will be many cancellations,” O’Connor said. “So I’m glad to be traveling today instead of tomorrow.”

O’Connor is right; the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year.

“The Thanksgiving holiday, leading up to Thanksgiving, can be crazy and I wanted to skip all the hectic,” O’Connor said.

One way to stay ahead of any problems is to give yourself plenty of time at the airport.

O’Connor did that and then some-she made it to her Gate 4 hours before take off.

“With all the holiday travel I wanted to make sure I got to the gate on time,” O’Connor said.

Texas Tech student Travis Hart is on his way to visit his aunt in Atlanta—leaving Tuesday instead of Wednesday was better for his budget.

“The flights were so much cheaper on Tuesday,” Hart said. “I’m returning on Friday, which I am a little upset about, I’d rather spend time with my family but you know its like a $200 difference.”

Hart brought his book and laptop to keep him occupied in case his flight gets delayed.

He has these tips for other travelers.

“Just get here early and make sure your baggage there is no issues so you can get through security well and have something to do in case you are stopped up,” Hart said.

TSA recommends getting to the airport 90 minutes before your flight but with the holidays you should probably get there even earlier.

If you want to keep up with delays and other travel news you can download the MyTSA App for your smartphone. 

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