Advice for travelers who are flying for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Air Travel

Airports across the country, and right here in western New York, will be packed this week.

AAA expects about 4.27 million people to travel by air for Thanksgiving, and more than a million others by train, bus or cruise ship.

The vast majority of travelers, more than 48 million of them, will be traveling by car, and that’s despite higher gas prices.

All of this can add up to some real travel headaches across the country as people deal with the pre-holiday crowds.

“I usually just like to go with carry on so you don’t have to line up to check luggage in,” said one traveler, Deborah Barrow, as she was getting ready to fly to North Carolina from Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday. “And the weather’s not too great today, so hopefully the flight won’t be delayed.”

“Be on time. Don’t wait til the last minute to get to the airport because you will miss your flight. I know that with traveling with the holidays,” added another passenger, Kimberly Mills, who was flying to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving.

At least Wednesday morning, it seemed like people got the message about arriving early, and there were no bottle necks to get through to the gates at BNIA.

The TSA says the biggest delays come from people not following the 3-1-1 rules for liquids.

The TSA was reminding passengers who were trying to bring food to their families’ houses for Thanksgiving that many things, like turkey, cakes, and many casseroles, can be brought on in your carry on luggage.

But, the TSA says the rule of thumb is if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, then it should go into your checked bag.

“I already did my little homework before I got in,” Mills told News 4.

Whatever you’re bringing and wherever you’re going, you are advised to pack your patience this holiday season.

Sunday is expected to be the worst day on the roads and in the airports with so many people trying to get home at the same time.

“That’s why I’m coming back Saturday,” Barrow said.

According to AAA, if you really want to avoid the crowds, the best time to fly is Thanksgiving morning.

MORE | Keep an eye on airport arrival and departure times here.

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