8 tips for Thanksgiving travel: Airports will be packed; Masks aren’t optional

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A week before Thanksgiving last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans not to travel On leave because the COVID-19 cases were ticking.

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Millions of travelers ignored the advice, flocked to airports across the country and set up what was then Epidemic record for air travel,

A Year Later, There’s No Comprehensive CDC Thanksgiving Travel Alert, 80% of Americans people 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and school age children Now eligible for a job.


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And . Add to Travel Restrictions From very destinations, especially for vaccinated visitors, and you have the recipe for a Thanksgiving travel surge likely to set pandemic traveler records.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen an estimated 20 million people, or 2 million people per day, at US airports in the 10-day Thanksgiving travel period that begins Friday and ends the Sunday after Thanksgiving. . This is down from a record 23 million in 2019, but more than double the 2020 level.

Initial TSA numbers show this: Nearly 6.5 million people were screened over the weekend, with Friday’s visit setting a pandemic record of 2,242,956. This broke the previous record of 2,238,462 set on August 1.

Delta Air Lines said it expects to carry nearly triple the number of Thanksgiving passengers as it did in 2020, with passenger traffic on the Sunday after Thanksgiving likely to set a pandemic record in July.

Passengers who have not boarded the plane during the pandemic will get rusted. Here’s what travelers need to know:

1. Receive COVID-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport

Passengers are not required to show vaccine proof or a negative coronavirus test to board a flight within the United States, however airy One of the two is required to bypass the mandatory quarantine on arrival. Many international destinations have entry requirements, and all passengers flying into the US from another country, including returning US citizens, must show a negative coronavirus test to board the flight. Foreign nationals should be tested And Show proof of vaccination under new rules Which came into effect on 8 November.

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2. Don’t Cut It Too Close to the Airport

This isn’t the year to show up an hour before your flight, even if you have a fast pass through security like TSA PreCheck. Airlines, TSAs, wheelchair providers and airport shops and restaurants have struggled this year to add staff to match the rapid return to travel, so waits are typically longer and larger crowds mean even more There are long lines. Airlines recommend arriving at least two hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours before departure for international flights. Add more time if you are traveling at a busy time or plan to have coffee or food for your flight.

3.Reserve a ride to the airport or airport parking in advance so you’re not scrambling on flight day

passengers have struggled A lack of drivers to get timely, cheap Uber and Lyft rides this year, and a surge in holiday commuters won’t help the situation. Schedule a ride or shuttle where available, take public transportation, or enlist someone to drop you off.

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4. Don’t Forget the Face Mask

Unless you land and claim your bag, a mask is required until you step into the airport, and flight attendants regularly remind passengers when eating or drinking. Just put them away for a while. The federal face mask mandate also covers airport facilities such as shuttles and rental car centers. Bring extra, especially for longer flights, and hand sanitizer. Some airlines still hand out wipes, but on most carriers, you must bring your own wipes.

5. Brush Up on TSA Rules

Cranberry sauce, gravy, and wine are considered liquids and are thus prohibited in carry-on bags; Pies and other baked goods are solid and fine to bring on the plane. Have questions about specific items? Contact TSA Twitter Or Facebook Messenger Or call the agency’s contact center at 866-289-9673.

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6. Don’t Rely on Normal Food and Drink on the Plane

Airlines cut complimentary snacks and drinks and items for sale to reduce interactions between flight attendants and passengers, and many have been slow to resume service.

Southwest Airlines used to offer a variety of free snacks on long flights, but today most flights only offer a small bag of snack mix. The airline recently expanded its beverage menu beyond three soft drinks and water; It still doesn’t serve alcohol. American Airlines has also not resumed alcohol sales in the economy. United resumes sales of hard liquor This week,

7.Bring Your Own Food But Forget About BYOB

With in-flight food limited and airport lines long and some concessions still closed, the best option for hungry travelers is to bring food from home. However, those small bottles of wine or alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be carried secretly from airport to airport. FAA regulations prohibit passengers from drinking alcohol on a plane unless it is served by the airline.

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8.Don’t forget to draft Plan B in case of flight cancellations and delays

Southwest, Soul And American airlines have trapped passengers this year during a major recession linked to staff shortages, and chilly weather There is always a wildcard during holiday travel. Know your airline’s Twitter handle for quick rebooking assistance in case of cancellations and delays, and know your rights – airlines are required to get your money back Not only do they issue travel credits when they cancel a flight. Write down alternate flights to or near your destination and even airport hotels, so you’re not researching on the fly.

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