Plan Your Holiday Trip with These Tips!

Holiday travel can be both exciting as you travel to see family or friends, and stressful if you don’t pack carefully or bring prohibited items onto aircraft. Here are some tips from our airline partners and the TSA to reduce your travel stress.

  • Arrive early. Holiday travel means more people going through security checks, so you need to allow more time prior to your flight. Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of your scheduled departure. If you get through security and check-in quickly, there will be time for a drink or a quick meal before your flight.
  • Pack smart. Try to pack as few bags as possible, using checked bags instead of a lot of carry-ons. Wear your coat onto the plane to save space in your luggage for other clothing.
  • Leave gifts unwrapped for the flight. TSA doesn’t prohibit wrapped packages, but the wrapping will have to be removed if they need to be inspected. Plan to wrap them once you arrive at your destination.
  • Check for prohibited items before you leave home. TSA reports that many passengers bring prohibited items to security checkpoints because they didn’t inspect their coats or bags at home. TSA has a prohibited items list available at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items.
  • Don’t forget your ID. You need a driver’s license, passport, or other approved government-issued document containing a photograph to get through security.
  • Bring entertainment, particularly for children. Holiday travelers need to be flexible, as delays due to weather or other issues can extend a trip. Bring books, handheld electronics, and headphones for everyone. Download a movie or two before you leave home, since many aircraft don’t have WiFi onboard.
  • Batteries are not all the same. Check the TSA site for what batteries are allowed at https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2013/06/11/travel-tips-tuesday-safely-packing-batteries-your-trip.
  • If you aren’t sure about what is allowed on your holiday trip, Allegiant is on Twitter at @Allegiant, or TSA at @AskTSA or on Facebook Messenger.

Think of PIE first for air travel from the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) wishes everyone a happy holiday travel season!




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