TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — Go down I-26 and I-81 to Grandma’s house, we’re going… Wherever you’re going this holiday season, leaving early will save you on the roads and in the air.
The Tri-Cities Airport expects the busiest days to be the Wednesday and Thursday before Christmas. On both days, Kristi Haulsee, director of airline marketing and development, said the majority of flights depart early in the morning or in the afternoon.
No matter how seasoned a traveler you are, Haulsee says get there early. Airlines suggest arriving 90 minutes to two hours before your flight.
“Even though it’s very easy to walk through our airport, we always recommend people arrive early,” Haulsee said. “The planes are 80% full. So a lot of trips go through the airport.
Be patient as you walk through the airport. Haulsee said there are likely people who travel infrequently and may not be as knowledgeable about the regulations.
When packing your carry-on, keep these liquids below 3.4 oz and in a liter-sized clear bag. If you bring gifts in your carry-on or checked baggage, save the packaging for your destination.
“If you’re carrying gifts with you, don’t wrap them because if they have to go through TSA security and it alarms the system, they’ll be unwrapped here at airports,” Haulsee said.
As for whether you should check or keep your gifts, Haulsee said if they can’t normally be kept, check the gifts.
Before heading to the airport, check that your flight time has not changed. This can be done on the Tri-Cities Airport website or on your airline’s website.
Starting early also applies to those hitting the road. sergeant. Nathan Hall of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said speed was the main issue they would patrol the roads for.
“Speed was the biggest contributor to fatalities in Tennessee last year,” Hall said. “We are looking for impaired drivers, distracted drivers using their cellphones or people not wearing their seatbelts.”
Hall said to put the address in your phone or GPS before you start driving. He also pointed out that the use of Bluetooth devices while driving is not legal for those under 18.
No matter how you get there, do it safely.
“We want you to be the most precious gift your family has received this year,” Hall said. “Arrive safe and sound, arrive home alive. You and your family. And please have a Merry Christmas.