The holiday season is upon us with Christmas being less than a week away and New Years following just behind it. With the holiday season comes travel season as well, as thousands embark on flights and long drives all over the United States to be with friends and family for the holidays. In Chicago, one of the busiest cities in the country when it comes to holiday travel, people have officially begun their travels as they try to go early in order to avoid possible delays and cancellations.
Many people worry after last year’s disastrous Southwest Airlines meltdown.
To avoid cancellations such as those seen in the Southwest meltdown, travel is starting early this year. Yesterday, Wednesday, December 20 was the day expected to be busiest for Chicago’s airports. We will see if there is another day that gets busier than it was, but the airports were pretty hectic. Between yesterday and January 2nd, the Department of Aviation in Chicago is expecting approximately 3.4 million passengers between the two largest airports in the city, O’Hare and Midway airports.
If you are one of the people heading to the airport this holiday season, here are some tips to make your traveling a bit easier.
This is probably the most obvious, but it still needs to be said. Arrive early at the airport if you are flying this holiday season. You will want to make sure you have plenty of time to get through security, possibly grab a bite to eat, and head to your departure gate.
If you are an amateur flyer, make sure you know what you can and cannot bring on a flight and make sure you are completely aware of how to pack everything too. If you are packing a carry-on, make sure it meets the proper size requirements for your airline and make sure all liquids are at the appropriate level.
Wear a Good Airport Outfit
Trust us, you do not want to be the person who is holding up the TSA security line because you are wearing difficult to take on and off shoes. Since you know in advance that you will be expected to take certain things off before a flight, make sure you plan your airport outfit accordingly. Wearing easy to take on and off shoes, avoid belts and hats, and just overall dress in a way that will hopefully get you through security as quickly as possible.