Plan ahead for a hassle-free holiday travel

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Holiday travel can be hectic. Airports are abuzz with travelers excited to get to their destinations. Charleston International Airport offers several tips to help take the hassle out of flying this time of year.

“We’ve seen the number of people flying increase throughout 2019. We expect December traffic to be no different,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “It will be busy so we encourage passengers to plan ahead and arrive early for their flights. Let us know if we can help in anyway.”

Tip #1 – Arrive early

Leave plenty of time to park, check in and go through the security checkpoint. Remember, you may be asked to remove electronic devices bigger than a cell phone from carry-on luggage. Those items must be screened separately. 

Tip #2 – Prepare for lines

Check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport. If there is inclement weather in Charleston or elsewhere in the country, your flight could be delayed or cancelled. Arrive at the airport 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure. 

Tip #3 – Park it

If parking at the airport, remember spaces fill fast during the holidays. Arrive early. The seasonal remote parking is opened when both the surface lot and parking deck are full. When the remote parking is in use, shuttle service to the terminal is available from that lot. Payment in the remote lot is by credit or debit card only. No cash.

Tip #4 – Wrap later

Wrapped gifts are allowed, however, if packages prompt an alarm during a security screening, TSA agents will open them. Ship your gifts or wrap then at your destination.

 

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