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Planning for painless holiday travel

With heightened security at most airports and train stations in the country, traveling this holiday season may take a toll on your patience and could cause missed flights and disappointed families if travelers are not careful.

Make sure you have a safe holiday travel plan this season and follow these important tips.

Sarah Scott and Leah Froening, travel consultants at Great Escape Travel, came up with a list of travel tips when security is high, the volume of people is high and everyone’s in a rush.

“Don’t wrap Christmas gifts period,” Scott said. “If luggage gets searched, they will unwrap it.”

Along those same lines, airlines are now restricting passengers to one carry-on item and one personal item such as a briefcase or purse. Scott said carrying fingernail files, scissors, pocket knives or knitting needles will make the security process move slower and those items will be confiscated. Electric and safety razors (those that you shave your face or legs with) are OK to take onboard.

“To get through security quicker, check all bags,” Scott said, adding that many airports have express lanes for those without carry-on items.

Make sure the name on your photo identification matches the name on your airline ticket, Scott said. And making jokes about any kind of criminal activity will be taken seriously by airport security.

Scott recommended keeping baggage claim tickets because you may have to prove what bags are yours in certain airports.

When reserving your airline tickets, Scott said it’s always smart to allow enough time for connections.

“Whenever there’s a high volume of people traveling, flights will get delayed,” Scott said.

For those picking up passengers, Scott said to make sure you’ve made arrangements to meet someone outside near baggage claims or some other location outside of the security checkpoint. Only ticketed passengers are allowed to the gates.

“Expect restricted airport parking,” Scott said.

Compiled by Kelly Silva


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