Heading to the airport? Pack your patience for holiday travel

Heading to the airport? Pack your patience for holiday travel

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you’re traveling this week, you’ll have lots of company.

State officials say more than 58,000 people will be traveling in and out of the Honolulu Airport every day over Thanksgiving week.

That’s prompting officials to remind travelers to anticipate long lines.

Regardless of where you’re headed, plan to be at the airport early get dropped off because there are only 4,700 parking stalls available.

“We definitely encourage people to get dropped off at the airport instead of trying to park because there is only a limited amount of parking available at the airports here in Hawaii," Transportation Department spokesman Tim Sakahara said.

“Just like a sporting event or a concert, sometimes parking lots fill up and that’s the case here at the airports as well.”

Nationally, the TSA is expecting a record-breaking number of travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday season with more than 26.8 million passengers traveling through security through Dec. 2.

“We expect record breaking travel volume this 2019 holiday season, following our busiest summer ever,” said TSA acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell.

“To plan for the season, partnerships with industry and stakeholders are critical to keep travelers moving safely and securely to holiday destinations. We want to ensure travelers are as best prepared as they can be.”

The busiest travel day leading up to Thanksgiving is Wednesday.

Here are more travel trips from the TSA:

  • Get to the airport early.
  • Know which foods can travel in your carry-on bag.
  • Know which foods should go into a checked bag.
  • Wear slip-on shoes.
  • Place your electronic carving knife (or your non-electric knife) in your checked bag.
  • Pack smart. Don’t bring along any prohibited items.
  • Download the free MyTSA app. The best thing about it is the “Can I bring” feature.
  • Use your time in the checkpoint line wisely. It’s the perfect time to take items out of your pockets and place them in your carry-on bag and to get your ID and boarding pass out.
  • Enroll in TSA Precheck. It allows you to leave on your shoes, lightweight jacket and belt when you go through the checkpoint.
  • Pay attention to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoint.

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