Thanksgiving Travel Can Be Chaotic

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday, also considered the busiest travel period, may involve chaos. Tom Williams, president of Meridian's Airport Authority, said there are basic steps to avoid delays.

"If you can carry on your luggage, it will save you some delays at your arriving airport because you don't have to go to the bag claim," said Williams.
"And if you can carry on your bags, that's best. And if you need to check it, that's O.K., just be prepared for some delays."

There is also a new policy for air travelers. Knowing the details of it are helpful for easy traveling.

"The TSA said that whatever photo ID you use to identify yourself, the name on that photo ID, usually a driver's license, must match exactly the name on the airline ticket," said Williams.

To cut time, Williams says travelers can do a lot of things online in advance of their departure. You can do everything from checking in to picking the seat that you prefer.

"You can of course, check in early, you can check in online. Some airlines give you frequent flier points for checking in online," said Williams. "Buying your ticket early, picking your seats at that time, is the best way to sit where you want. It's also the best airfare you can get."

I found one holiday traveler very happy to be home. Maj. Kendrick Traylor says he knows his plans for Thanksgiving.

"That's up to the misses," said Traylor. "I'm at her discretion right now. Just want to enjoy it with the family after everything I've been through. Just fortunate and glad to be alive right now."

You may remember our recent story on Traylor, an officer in the Alabama National Guard. he was at Fort Hood, Tex., the day Nidal Hisan went on a shooting rampage, killing thirteen people and injuring others.

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