Thanksgiving Travelers Expected To Pack Roads, Airports To Reach Destinations

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The hustle and bustle of the holiday travel season is underway and it begins with many traveling during Thanksgiving. When it comes to long lines in airports, traffic jams on the roads and waiting, those same travelers are being asked to pack patience along with the luggage they are hauling.

According to officials, 1.3 million travelers will fly into or out of Hobby and Bush Intercontinental airports over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. With IAH being United Airlines’ largest hub, the airline is expected to have approximately 600 flights leaving in and out of the airport this weekend. Across the country, 24 million people are expected to board a plane this week.

Sunday will be a day in which airports will see tremendous amounts of inbound traffic so workers are being asked to brace for another busy day.

It is recommended that air travelers arrive early on peak days to avoid missing their flight.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is recommending a few tips to make arrival and passage through checkpoints easier:

1. Do not have gifts wrapped. Making sure gifts remain unwrapped will make time spent going through the check points quicker.
2. Children under the age of 12 are allowed to keep their shoes on.
3. Even though baked goods such as pies and cakes are allowed to go through the check points, TSA agents may have to inspect them further.
4. Snow globes that have less than 3.4 oz of liquid will be permitted in your carry-on. A TSA agent will give you further instruction.
5. Do keep in mind that the 3-1-1 policy for liquids is still in effect.
6. Additional questions can be answered by calling the TSA Cares Helpline at 855-787-2227.

Both Houston airports have Twitter pages and are providing updated information on their pages. Visit both the @iah and @HobbyAirport on Twitter.

The www.Fly2houston.com website gives passengers information about wait times for security checkpoints at both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports. Green indicates  a 10 minute wait or less while yellow indicates a 10 to 15 minute wait. Red is more than a 15 minute wait.

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