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The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest airline travel time of the year, but there are ways to make your trip less stressful.
“During the holidays, we tend to have a lot of passengers who don’t travel on a regular basis,” Minot International Airport Director Jennifer Eckman said. “We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable travel experience, and there are things they can do to help make that happen.”
Eckman said if you’re traveling domestically, you should arrive at the airport a minimum of one hour before your flight is scheduled to leave. If you’re traveling internationally, she recommends you arrive at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave.
“There is more paperwork to show with international travel, with your ticket, personal identification, and passports specifically,” Eckman said. “International travelers should also know if there are any COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations at their destination.”
The Minot International Airport’s website (www.motairport.com) includes a link at the top of the page to check COVID-19 information.
Looking for other traveling tips?
Check your firearms, please. If you’re traveling with firearms, there are multiple regulations you must follow, including having the firearm properly declared, checked, locked, and stored. Find more information about transporting weapons at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition.
Tag, you’re it. It’s a good idea to put an identification card inside your luggage, in case the ID tag on the outside of your luggage falls off.
Is it a weapon or not? We all know knives, stun guns, and portable torches are not allowed in carry-on luggage. But many everyday items could also be used as weapons, and are not allowed in carry-on luggage. Screwdriver? No. Open-ended wrench? Nope. Cigarette lighter? Not allowed. Battery-powered drill? Obviously not. If you question whether an item is allowed, it’s probably best to leave it at home.
Traveling with holiday food and drinks? Make a plan. Many passengers like to travel with special foods and drinks to share with friends and families during the holidays. Remember that not all foods can be transported in carry-on luggage. If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it AND the quantity exceeds 3.4 ounces (100 ml), pack it in a checked bag. Cakes, pies, and casseroles can travel in carry-on luggage, but may require some additional screening.
Use gift bags instead of wrapping paper. Wrapped items are screened just like any other item. If a wrapped item alarms the security screening technology, whether in carry-on or checked luggage, a TSA officer may have to unwrap it to determine what the item is and confirm it does not pose a security threat. Consider traveling with unwrapped items or placing them in a gift bag for easy access.
Download the free myTSA app and follow TSA on social media. The free, downloadable myTSA app is a trusted source for last-minute travel questions. It provides travelers with 24-hour access to the most frequently requested airport security information. It also features a searchable “Can I Bring” database where you can type in the name of an item and the app will let you know if you should pack it in your checked or carry-on bag. The app is available from the App Store or Google Play.