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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving Airport Travel Tips

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Thanksgiving Airport Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is the start of the busiest season for travel. The Minot International Airport sees some of its largest volume over the next month. Here are five tips to help you manage the air traffic rush.

Be prepared for other holiday travelers.

The busiest times at the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Minot International Airport are generally 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. While the hottest days at MOT over the Thanksgiving holiday are the Monday prior (November 22) and the following Monday (November 29).

COVID-19 protocols are still in place, so don’t forget to wear a mask.

The federal requirement to wear a mask anywhere in the nation’s transportation system remains in effect through January 2022. Travelers are required to wear a mask anywhere in the airport and while onboard an aircraft. Travelers will be asked to momentarily adjust their masks to verify their identity when providing their photo ID and boarding pass at the entrance to the checkpoint.

Traveling with holiday food and drinks? Make a plan. 

We know that 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. 

Take these tips to the bank and to the terminal at Minot International Airport. Safe travels!

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