Editor’s Note: For the eighth consecutive year, Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Task Force is stationed at 10 of the nation’s top airports, relaying important travel information to holiday road warriors on Nov. 25-26, two of the busiest travel days of the year.
I guess it’s the thick skin (thanks to living la vida loca en Nueva York) but I just haven’t gotten used to the politness here. As I sit in front of the Continental Airline terminal seven people at different times has sat next to me and said to me “Happy Thanksgiving” before they leave for the security checkpoints! WOW! And all around the airport I continue to hear lots of thank you’s, “May I help you?” and of course, “Oh, pardon me.” We rarely hear “pardon” in New York but we do hear alot of “me.”
So right now crowd conditions are steady. There is a flow of travelers heading to the AirTran lines and Delta but it’s not the mosh pit I wanted. The party at Korean Air is over too. Currently there are long lines at the food court and the Atrium is filled with passengers snoring away at one of the those comfortable cushion seats that I wish I can park in too!
There is a storm watch out of southern California but so far the departure flights out of ATL are still set to leave with minimal delays. Arrivals on AirTran and Continental from midwest are landing 30-45 minutes behind scheduled times. Please check your airline carriers.
Finally, the man of the hour is Buck, the nice and gentle chocolate Great Dane who is visiting relatives in Ft. Lauderdale. I had the chance to hug Buck before he sped away to the south security checkpoint…
Security: Wait time is 15 mins. The TSA worker at the main checkpoint said one of the things that slow travelers down in ATL is that many still don’t know what to take out and put in the buckets, what article of clothings to leave on/off. There are family-friendly lanes availiable for families, those with special disabilities and those who don’t travel as much. These lanes, created by the TSA, allows families and individuals to go through the screening process at their pace. I encourage you to use it if you’re unsure about the TSA’s screening rules.
Check-point: 5-10 min wait at most terminals.
Parking: Continue to aviod North Economy and Park-Ride A parking lots.
- Before heading to the airport, check your local traffic reports at www.traffic.com for delays along your route and allow for more commute time if needed.
- Allow ample time to park, check-in and get through security. A minimum of two hours for domestic and three hours for international is recommended during the holidays.
- Consider shipping all gifts to your destination ahead of your travels. Wrapped gifts are opened for screening purposes, and extra fees will apply if your allotted baggage limit is exceeded.
Highway Traffic: www.traffic.com
FAA (for delays/air traffic): www.faa.gov
TSA (for airport security info): www.tsa.gov
Flight Status: http://travel.travelocity.com/flifo/FlifoRequest.do?Service=TRAVELOCITY
Trip Information / Flight Status (PDA): http://mobile.travelocity.com/
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