The Tallahassee Regional Airport is getting ready for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year.
Thousands of people jam pack the airport every year during the holiday season traveling all over to visit family and friends.
Airport officials say this holiday season they expect to see some several thousand people come through the airport and they say they're ready.
Holiday traveler Laveeda Littlejohn says, "I had no complaints, my baggage was here on time, my flights were on time, everything was good - I actually got here early."
Airport officials are urging travelers to be sure to arrive to the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight, not to bring any big wrapped gifts because security may have to look inside, and to read the airport security protocol online for the latest travel and security information.
Tallahassee Regional Airport Issues Holiday Travel Advisory
Tallahassee Regional Airport is advising travelers flying during the upcoming holiday period to arrive at the Airport at least 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time.
For passengers needing someone to accompany them to the Airport, 30 minutes of free parking is available in both the hourly and daily parking areas. Additionally, skycap services are available for those passengers requiring special assistance. If passenger traffic fills the hourly and daily parking lots, Airport staff will open overflow lots and provide personnel and signs directing travelers to these lots.
The following tips are offered to help make your holiday trip more enjoyable:
· Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
· Expect heavy passenger traffic.
· Do not wrap gifts or packages.
· Bring a boarding pass, ticket or ticket confirmation, such as a printed itinerary, and a government-issued photo ID.
· Travelers should carry all film in their carry-on baggage, as equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage undeveloped film.
· Do not pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Ship or take them in your carry-on baggage.
· Travelers should pack light and check with their airline regarding checked baggage fees as some airlines have recently implemented new fees and/or updated their rates.
· Do not lock your checked baggage unless you use a Transportation Security Administration approved lock.
· Passengers selected for additional security checkpoint screening have the right to request it be done in a private location.
· Make your trip more convenient by using 3-1-1 for carry-on baggage. 3-1-1 = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in the carry-on baggage screening bin at the security checkpoint. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier security checkpoint experience. If in doubt, put your liquids in your checked luggage. Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the security checkpoint
· For the most up to date aviation security travel information, contact the Transportation Security Administration at www.tsa.gov.
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at airports. Travelers are asked to arrive early and be patient. Airport food and beverage concessionaires will be available throughout the entire holiday season. The Tallahassee Regional Airport thanks all its passengers and visitors for their continued patronage of their hometown airport. Additional Airport information, including commercial flight status information, can be found at www.flytallahassee.com.