Preparing for holiday travel – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The holiday travel season is getting ready to ramp back up as Christmas and New Year get closer. Whether you’re traveling by air or car, there are things you can do to prepare in advance for a smooth travel experience.

This year, Memphis International Airport predicts 111,000 people will pass through security checkpoints between Dec. 17 and Jan. 3, 2022. Airport leaders say that is a 68% increase from 2020. Peak travel days are expected to be Dec. 19, 23, 26, and 30.

If you’re choosing to fly, here’s how you can make sure you don’t run into any problems.

Airport leaders suggest you arrive at the airport at least two hours before your departure time. The busiest time at the airport is usually between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Before you get to the airport, many airlines will allow you to check in for your flight online or through an app. This can help cut down on time when you get to the airport. You should also go ahead and double-check your airline’s policies on tickets, scheduling, gate operation, and baggage. Most airlines will let you pay for any bags being checked in before you get to the airport. Parking could be an issue depending on when you arrive at the airport. Airport leaders say economy parking lots can sometimes reach capacity on peak travel days. That is another reason many suggest arriving early.

It’s also suggested to review the TSA prohibited items list. You can view that here.

There are still some COVID-19 protocols you will have to follow as well.

Masks are still required inside Memphis International Airport for passengers 2 and up. Masks are also required on flights. Ticketing counters have complimentary face masks. Airport leaders say passengers without masks will not be able to go through security checkpoints and will not have access beyond the TSA checkpoint. If you’re traveling to a destination that requires a negative covid test, you can get one done at the ZupMed clinic.

While a lot of people have plans to fly this holiday season, many people are also expected to hit the roadways. Before venturing out, make sure your car’s maintenance is up to date.

Here’s a checklist you can follow before hitting the roads:

  • Check car battery life
  • Check all car fluids. (Oil, antifreeze, wiper fluid)
  • Check tire pressure and tire tread
  • Check windshield wipers
  • Check brakes

After you have checked everything on the list, prepare an emergency kit to keep in your car. You can have items like jumper cables, flashlights, and a first aid kit.


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Memphis International Airport offers travel tips – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Do you have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend?

If so, the Memphis International Airport has a few tips to help your travel experience.

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Operational Updates

  • MEM recommends that travelers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their departure time. The busiest time period for passengers is between 5-7 am.
  • Passengers should check with their airlines to monitor schedules.
  • Each airline has different policies and fees for baggage.
  • Airlines rather than the airport are responsible for all aspects of ticketing, scheduling, gate operations and baggage handling. Check with your airline if you have questions about any of these aspects of air travel.
  • With the exception of Vacation Express, all baggage claim operations for arrivals are now taking place in the B baggage lobby. Vacation Express will conduct baggage operations in the A baggage lobby for its weekly flights.
  • The A concourse exit lane will be closed.
  • The C concourse exit lane will be closed unless the C security checkpoint is open.
  • While baggage claim operations will not be conducted in the A and C areas, the areas will be available as a backup if needed. The curbs outside A and C baggage will also remain open for passenger pickup.
  • With the expected increase in vehicle traffic outside the B baggage area, passengers are encouraged to utilize the cell phone waiting lot before picking up passengers. The cell phone lot features a real-time flight information display. To avoid traffic congestion, the baggage level curbside lane will be available for immediate active pickup only. Vehicles will no longer be able to park outside the baggage area and wait on arriving passengers.

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TSA

  • TSA is expected to screen at least 40,000 people from tomorrow to Tuesday. That’s a 20% decrease from 2019.
  • TSA is currently preparing its operations across the nation to accommodate peak summer travel.
  • Screening continues to be performed primarily at the B Checkpoint.  The C Checkpoint will be open only during limited hours during peak periods.  Hours of operation at the C Checkpoint will vary daily based on demand.  Please follow the directions of TSA and airport personnel.
  • As a temporary exemption from its “3-1-1” rule (no liquids in excess of 3.4 oz. in carry-on bags), TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags.
  • In order to expedite security screening time, passengers should check all carry-on baggage before traveling and review the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) list of prohibited items.
  • Firearms in carry-on bags are prohibited by federal law. Check your bags before you arrive at the airport.

COVID-19 Measures

  • The federal mask mandate is still in effect until September 13. Federal law requires passengers over the age of 2 (with limited exceptions) to wear a mask when traveling through U.S. airports, including MEM.
  • Passengers without a mask will be denied security screening and access beyond the TSA checkpoint.
  • Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth of the wearer.
  • The use of face shields alone is not sufficient but can be used in addition to a face mask.
  • The face mask requirement applies at all times unless:
  • It’s necessary to temporarily remove it for ID verification.
  • Eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods.
  • The traveler is under two years old.
  • Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport. Failure to comply with the mask requirement can result in civil penalties.
  • Complimentary masks are available at the ticketing counters and the TSA checkpoint, and additional masks are available for sale at retail shops.

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How to watch Memphis’ first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off against Virginia Tech


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After four straight home games to start the season, Penny Hardaway and the Tigers will travel to Brooklyn, New York to participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Memphis’ first game of the tournament is on Wednesday with a late game against Virginia Tech.

Mike Young enters his third season as the Hokies head coach, and he returns three of his top five leading scorers from the year ago. The Hokies are off to a 5-0 start, and they sit right outside of the Associated Press top 25 and rank No. 26 according to KenPom.

Redshirt senior Keve Aluma averaged 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as the leading scorer last season, and he has averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds through five games this year. Aluma also leads the team in blocks with seven, but he has recorded 14 fouls this season, which is the most fouls drawn this year on the team.

Three more players are averaging 10 or more points per game, and guard Storm Murphy is currently averaging 10.8 points and shooting 45 percent from behind the three-point line. Forward Justyn Mutts averages 10 points per game and leads the team in rebounds and assists, while Nahiem Alleyne has scored 10.6 points a game.

As a team, the Hokies have shot 50.5 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from deep and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line. The group grabs 37 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of seven, and they only turn the ball over 10.4 times a contest.

Opposing teams are shooting 34.3 percent from the field and 17.5 percent from behind the three-point line against them, and Virginia Tech is forcing 14.2 turnovers per game.

Here’s a look at how to watch/listen to the Tigers’ game vs. Virginia Tech:

TV: ESPN2

Online: WatchESPN

Radio: In Memphis, you can listen on 98.9 The Roar of Memphis, in Jackson listen on WJAK AM 1490 or WJAK 96.1, or in Nashville on WNQM AM 1300.

Tip-off: 8:30 p.m. CT

Line: Memphis -2.5

HOW MEMPHIS CAN DEFEAT THE HOKIES

The Tigers have looked really good this season, but this will be another step up in competition for Hardaway’s squad. This will also be the first game Memphis has played outside FedExForum, and it will be interesting to see how to group responds on a neutral floor.

It’s clear that the Tigers’ struggled with turnovers on Friday against Western Kentucky, and they’ll need to limit those mistakes on Wednesday. Hardaway’s group turned the ball over 26 times in their previous game, and it will be tough to beat a team like Virginia Tech with 20 or more turnovers.

Alex Lomax led the team with six turnovers against the Hilltoppers, and the coaching staff might play around with the point guard rotations while the group is in Brooklyn. Earl Timberlake had a nice outing on Friday, and they could give him more minutes with the starting group during this two-game stint in New York.

Emoni Bates led the Tigers in scoring through the first three game, but he struggled to get much going in the team’s last game. The freshman went 2-for-10 from the field and finished with four turnovers, but he has a great opportunity to bounce back in Memphis’ first televised game of the season.

On the other hand, Jalen Duren is coming off his best game of the season, and he will look to have another great game against a team that doesn’t have a ton of size in the paint. Duren is averaging 15 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game, but he must limit his turnovers after having 12 through the first four games.

Finally, the Tigers need to make more shots from behind the arc against the Hokies. While Memphis has shot 38.5 percent from deep this season, they struggled against Western Kentucky and shot 12.5 percent from behind the arc, and Virginia Tech will make it tough for Hardaway’s group to find open looks.





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Duren leads No. 11 Memphis past Western Kentucky 74-62


Jalen Duren had 22 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as No. 11 Memphis beat Western Kentucky 74-62 in a sloppy game on Friday night.

DeAndre Williams added 13 points and Earl Timberlake finished with 10 for the Tigers (4-0).

Camron Justice led the Hilltoppers (1-3) with 18 points, while Jairus Hamilton scored 14. Dayvion McKnight had 11 points and eight rebounds as Western Kentucky lost its third straight.

It was the play of Duren controlling the middle that kept the Tigers from dropping their first game of the season.

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“Jalen’s energy definitely made up for those mistakes that we made shooting the ball in the first half. We shot the ball horrible,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said, adding: “Thank God for Jalen Duren tonight because he kept us in the game and won it for us.”

Duren had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the second half and helped the Tigers pull away.

“That’s why he’s one of the best players in America,” Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said “He beat us up around that rim. He got those put-backs. He’s hard to keep out and keep off that rim.”

The game ratcheted up the competition for the Tigers, who travel to New York next week to play in the NIT Season Tip-off. They will face Virginia Tech in the opener.

“I’m thankful for a game like this right before we go on the road,” Hardaway said. “I think everything has been so easy that the guys get a little complacent. Tonight, we got into a good game.”

Memphis shot poorly from 3-point range and committed 26 turnovers, keeping Western Kentucky in the game even when the Tigers stretched their second-half lead to double digits.

Western Kentucky had its own problems with 25 turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.

“You can point to a couple of things. You can point to turnovers. We had 25,” Stansbury said. “Then the free-throw line. You can’t go 5 for 13 from the foul line. Those kinds of things just take the air from you.”

The Hilltoppers gave Memphis by far its toughest challenge this season, leading by as many as 10 points in the first half. Memphis went 1 of 7 from 3-point range in the first half against the Western Kentucky zone defense. A late rush by Memphis left the game tied at 38 at the break.

“Give them credit for going to a zone,” Hardaway said. “We work on zone every day. Got a little stagnant on the offensive end.”

Western Kentucky had its own turnover issues in the first half, preventing any kind of flow to the game. In the second half, Memphis’ defense held the Hilltoppers to 26.5% shooting. Memphis was better at 39.4%, but made only one of its nine 3-point attempts after halftime.

“We didn’t win the game, but I’m awful proud of the way our guys came in here and battled,” Stansbury said. “We just played one of the better teams in the country. And we were right there.”

BIG PICTURE

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers can give opponents plenty of trouble with their zone defense, along with busy hands swatting away passes. Western Kentucky’s 3-point shooting kept the game close until it finished the game by missing six of its last seven shots.

Memphis: Turnovers continue to plague the Tigers. The 14 first-half giveaways resulted in 19 points for the Hilltoppers. And the ballhandling was just as bad in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win and Memphis should at least hold onto its spot in the AP Top 25.

HOLD ONTO THE BALL

In the first five minutes of the game, the teams combined for 10 turnovers. The Tigers came into the game averaging 20 turnovers a game, and Western Kentucky was forcing their opponents into roughly the same amount.

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky: Hosts Alabama A&M on Wednesday.

Memphis: Faces Virginia Tech on Wednesday in the NIT Season Tip-off in New York.



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Memphis Grizzlies lose 129-103 to Miami Heat


The Memphis Grizzlies were in the Halloween spirit Saturday but their fans didn’t appreciate their giving mood. Whatever the Miami Heat wanted, they got treats with uncontested shots.

The crowd only got tricks, including the score not showing on the jumbotron for most of the second quarter. Things got worse when Heat center Dewayne Dedmon, who took just five 3-pointers last season, made a open 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Instead of a warm return to FedExForum, it became a nightmare on Beale Street. The Grizzlies lost 129-103 in their return from a successful West Coast road trip.

Here’s what we learned as the Grizzlies fell to 3-3:

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Bad defense

Despite playing a back-to-back, the Heat (5-1) started 6-for-7 from the field and didn’t cool down, shooting 52.3% for the game. Through three quarters, Heat reserve guard Tyler Herro had as many points (16) as the Grizzlies’ bench.

The Heat passed the 100-point mark with 2:02 remaining in the third and made a season-high 21 3-pointers (56.8%). It was a defensive collapse that reminded of the Portland Trail Blazers‘ loss Wednesday. 

The Grizzlies hope for some help whenever Dillon Brooks returns. He’s expected to have a follow-up with the team’s medical staff this week per coach Taylor Jenkins. Until he returns, the Grizzlies need to find the defense they brought Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.

Slow start

For the second consecutive game, the Grizzlies’ offense came out flat. This time, they couldn’t blame lack of rest and a back-to-back. 

The Heat leads the NBA in defensive rating and went to work holding the Grizzlies to 20 points in the first quarter. Jaren Jackson Jr’s struggles continued with a 3-for-12 shooting night for Memphis, as he couldn’t take advantage of the Heat playing without All-Star center Bam Adebayo (knee injury).

The Grizzlies never led and Jenkins changed his usual 10-man rotation to 11 by adding Sam Merrill in the second quarter to try and find shooting. It didn’t work as Merrill shot 1-for-6 from the field.

“I think we got to understanding facing veteran teams like that, they’re going to come out hard. We got to respond quick because it can get bad early,” said De’Anthony Melton.

Morant vs. Butler

Jimmy Butler guarded Ja Morant from the opening tip, and Morant struggled as a result. He had 20 points, his fifth game scoring at least that much, but shot just 7-for-18 from the field.

Butler had three steals to go along with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Unlike Morant, the All-Star forward had no trouble getting his shot (8-for-12 shooting) and ended the first half with a steal on Morant that he converted into a fast-break dunk. 

Morant, the NBA’s leading scorer, added seven assists but couldn’t get his usual easy looks against the Heat.

Melton shakes mini-slump

Melton had 20 points to shake his shooting troubles from the previous two games. Part of that also came scoring eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

He was also the rare Grizzlies player that shined on defense with three steals to go with five assists. But neither Melton nor Desmond Bane (five 3-pointers) could counter the Heat’s firepower.

Herro finished with 22 points and Duncan Robinson added 15 points on five 3-pointers. Kyle Lowry had four 3-pointers to finish a 15-point, eight-assist night. 

Schedule gets harder

The Grizzlies play five of their next six games at home but they’re in for a fight.

Their next five opponents have records above .500. They play the Denver Nuggets twice, then travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference. That’s followed by a homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns.

If Brooks returns during that stretch, he’ll provide a lift with his scoring and defense. Yet it won’t solve the Grizzlies’ other issues of team defense and Jackson finding his way through this shooting slump.

Next Up

The Grizzlies face the Denver Nuggets on Monday (7 p.m., Bally Sports Southeast). The teams also meet Wednesday at FedExForum

The Nuggets, led by reigning Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic, won all three meetings last season. Two of the three games were close, including the Grizzlies’ 103-102 loss at FedExForum.

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UNI Women rolling to Memphis and Final 4 of WNIT


ROCKFORD, Ill. – The women’s basketball team made history in Rockford as they rolled past the St. Louis Billikens on Monday night with a 58-50 win and claimed their first Regional Championship in the WNIT.
 
The Panthers trailed the Billikens by one-point at halftime but that wouldn’t last long in the latter part of the game. UNI and St. Louis traded leads early in the third quarter until Bre Gunnels made a layup with 6:01 remaining to kickstart the Panther’s offense for the remainder of the game.
 
Gunnels made a pair of free-throws and Kayba Laube added a layup creating a four-point lead. Karli Rucker and Kam Finley added three-pointers to end the third quarter with the Panthers leading, 36-28.
 
Finley started the fourth quarter off with a pair of three-pointers extending the Panthers to a 12-point lead. She would finish the game with a team-high 14 points, nine in the final quarter alone and 3-3 from behind the three-point line.
 
Gunnels ended the night with another double-double added on to her career. She recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a new career-high five blocks in the regional championship game of the WNIT.
 
Ciaja Harbison held the game-high 18 points and grabbed two steals on the night for St. Louis. Harbison recorded 61.1% (11-18) of her points in the fourth quarter as well. Brooke Flowers helped Harbison and recorded 16 points of her own and 17 rebounds for a double-double. St. Louis shot 90.9% (10-11) from the charity stripe and recorded 26 points in the paint.
 
This is the first time the Panthers will travel to the Final Four of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The farthest the Panthers have gotten was back in 2016, where they reached the Regional Championship. Monday night’s game also marks the lowest scoring game by UNI since the 2016 Regional Championship where the Panthers scored 50 points.
 
The Panthers travel to Memphis, Tn. to play Ole Miss in the Semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm at the My Town Movers Fieldhouse and can be streamed through FloHoops.
 
GAME NOTES:
– The Panthers claim their first Regional Championship title in the WNIT in program history.
– This game was the lowest scoring game for the Panthers in the WNIT this season.
– Bre Gunnels records third double-double of the season and fifth of her career and a new career-high five blocks.
– Kam Finley led the Panthers with 14 points.
– Megan Maahs recorded 10 rebounds and moves her career total to 874. 



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Air travel roars back as people pack their bags, take off for Spring Break – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Air travel is roaring back as people pack their bags and take off for Spring Break.

Memphis International Airport leaders say they’re seeing the largest number of travelers since the start of the pandemic.

Throughout the day, Friday, the airport was packed. FOX13 spoke with people who said they’re going to follow safety precautions, but they’re excited to get away.

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“We’re going to hang out at the beach, go on a boat, catch the sunset one night,” college student Bella Liverto said.

Liverto and a friend were heading off to Miami for Spring Break.

“This is my first time flying since COVID,” said Veronica James said.

James and two friends were decked out in matching shirts, ready to celebrate in Atlanta.

“I’m a little nervous about it because we have a full flight, but I think we will be OK,” said James.

Despite the risks associated with traveling during a pandemic, these passengers are excited to be able to travel. And they’re not alone. Friday was the busiest air travel day since the pandemic began, with more than 6,400 people passing through security at Memphis International Airport.

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“It could be an indication that people are getting a little more comfortable with their travel,” said Glen Thomas, Memphis International Airport Public Information Officer.

Airport leaders believe the rollout of vaccines and lower COVID-19 case numbers have driven people to book flights.

“Things are moving at the airport. There’s less traffic than we’re accustomed to, but things are moving at the airport,” said Thomas.

While the CDC recommends against travel even if you have been vaccinated against COVID.-19, flyers told FOX13 they’re taking necessary steps to stay safe.


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Gov. Lee encouraging Tennessee tourism despite CDC travel recommendations – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — While the CDC and local health leaders caution against traveling, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee welcomed people to come from near and far to enjoy all the Volunteer State has to offer.

“There’s a reason why Tennessee is home to the #1 tourist destination in the U.S.: We’re open for business! Look forward to welcoming spring break visitors and summer road-trippers to the Tennessee experience,” the governor tweeted Wednesday morning.

Memphis tourism agrees.

“Last week was our biggest weekend we have had in the last year, and it was spring break, so they were already coming to the state before the governor welcomed them,” Kevin Kane with Memphis Tourism told FOX13.

Local health leaders thought the governor tweeted out the virtual welcome mat too soon.

“We still have to be very careful about where we are in this pandemic, and make no mistake: If we open up too early, our numbers will go back up, and more people will get sick and die,” said Dr. Scott Strome, Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine.


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Schedule Update: Wichita State to Play Two at Memphis


WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State will travel to Memphis to play a pair of games against the Tigers next week on Monday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 17. Both games will tip at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+.

Wichita State and Memphis were originally supposed to play each other in Memphis on Jan. 13 and Wichita on Feb. 17, but the Jan. 13 contest was postponed due to COVID-19 related issues within Wichita State’s program. 

The adjustment will now send the Shockers on the road for an eight-day road trip, beginning with a visit to New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 13 to face Tulane, and ending in Greenville, N.C., on Saturday, Feb. 20 against ECU.



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Memphis International Airport releases holiday travel tips


The airport is not expected to exceed last month’s Thanksgiving traffic levels, the peak days during the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Christmas travel period from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4 are projected to fall on Dec. 23, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.



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