With Christmas and the New Year upon us in just a few short days, there’s a good chance you’ll be flying with the U.S. airlines in the next few weeks, with pecan pies and presents in tow. And with nearly 46 million air travelers this holiday season, you may be worried about facing long lines and crowded airports, all before boarding your flight to see family and friends.
Airlines, airports and the TSA are constantly collaborating to make sure that every passenger and package – not just during the busy holiday season, but year round – are transported to and from their destinations safely and efficiently. That means increased staffing, more seats available to flyers who wish to travel through the holidays, innovative check-in and security screening processes, state-of-the-art planes with more amenities available and technology that allows you to track your checked baggage, from tagging to pick up.
Even with new security technology, bolstered staffing and additional flights this holiday season, it’s still always a good idea to arrive for your flight at least two hours ahead of your scheduled departure time to account for traffic, parking and navigating the airport. Be sure to check-in for your flight ahead of time, either on your carrier’s website or mobile app, to give yourself more time to relax at your gate.
The growing demand for air travel makes it more important than ever that the aviation community continues to embrace and expand the use of innovative technologies that make us more secure, while continuing to improve the passenger travel experience from start to finish.
If you’re one of the millions traveling by air to see loved ones this Christmas, visit the TSA website for tips on the security screening process and be sure to thank the hardworking men and women at the U.S. airlines who make air travel safe and accessible for passengers all year long.