Make the Best of Your Labor Day

09 With Labor Day weekend approaching, crowds will flock to the airport and embark on one last long weekend getaway before summer comes to an end. According to travel group AAA, Labor Day travel is expected to increase nearly 10% from 2009. With the predicted increase in travel you may find yourself asking, “How can I save time at the airport this holiday weekend?”

As seasoned travelers ourselves, we would like to offer a few tips on moving through security at a speedy pace so you can arrive at your destination stress-free and ready to enjoy what’s left of summer.

What should you know before you go? When traveling for a long weekend, it is best to pack a carry-on bag only. Checking luggage adds time before take off and landing. A carry-on is your best bet for saving time, but be careful what you pack. The 3-1-1 rule is stressed for packing liquids, aerosols and gels in your bag. Since August 2006, the Transportation Security Administration has been allowing passengers to bring these types of items in quantities of 3.4 ounces or less, in a 1 quart sized clear, plastic bag per every 1 traveler. Follow this rule to quickly move through security and without holding up lines. For more details on this rule, visit the TSA website.

When should you arrive at the airport? It is important that travelers allow 1 ½ to 2 hours at the airport during busy travel periods. Not leaving enough time could cause you to miss your flight, waste time waiting for a new flight, or forcing you to cancel your trip all together.

Follow these simple travel tips and make way for a great holiday weekend. Wishing a happy Labor Day to all from CIIC!