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Ford International Airport issues holiday-travel tips

November 21, 2012
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The best way to reduce holiday stress is to be prepared. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has issued several reminders and tips to help travelers be prepared for the hustle and bustle of the increased holiday traffic they will face at the airport.

In a release issued by the airport, passengers are reminded to arrive two hours early and to proceed directly through security. To keep security lines moving quickly passengers should have their identification available upon reaching security. Also, passengers can shave minutes off of their time moving through security by placing car keys, cell phones, loose change, etc. in their carryon bag prior to reaching the security line.

Packing correctly can also save passengers time at the airport. Passengers are reminded that “only liquids and gels in three-ounce or smaller containers are permitted in carryon luggage. All three-ounce containers must fit in one clear, sealed plastic bag that is no larger than one quart.”

Additionally, if passengers are transporting gifts, those gifts should be unwrapped.

For questions about specific items when packing, the TSA app, MyTSA, has a tool that allows passengers to check if the item is permitted or not.

Finally, carry-ons must fit in the overhead bin or beneath the passenger seat. Pay attention to the size of carry-ons to avoid frustrating other passengers and airline staff.

If you haven’t traveled since the 2011 holiday season, the airport officials said that some things have changed in regard to security and the airport itself.

Allegiant Air has been relocated to Concourse A, along with Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines. All other airlines operate from Concourse B. The Air Canada ticket counter is now located at the far east end of the ticketing lobby.

Additionally, passengers age 12 and under and age 75 and older may leave their shoes on when going through security; gel inserts for shoes are now permitted; snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximate size of a tennis ball) of liquid will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same single clear plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag as other liquids such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

And remember, you could always be dealing with bumper-to-bumper road traffic, so be grateful you’re not driving.

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