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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Air travelers preparing for long lines during one of the busiest travel days of the year


Flights and airports across the country are expected to be packed on Sunday, one of the busiest traveling days of the year as people rush to get home after the Thanksgiving holiday.

RSW airport wasn’t packed early on Sunday. The lines were short and parking was abundant.

WINK News spoke with a parent who was dropping her child off at the airport to return back to school. They got to the airport two hours before her flight expecting a long line, but when it was empty, they decided to spend some extra time together before they parted ways.

“We got here at 5 expecting the line to be long, and then it was really short and we were like OK we woke up early for nothing,” said Ansley Tedford.

Audra Tedford said, “I was expecting to see full lines at security and then we woke up and it was empty I couldn’t believe it.”

While RSW wasn’t very busy early on Sunday morning, the crowds and lines are expected to grow as the day goes on.

Extra security lines have been set up for overflow. RSW is urging anyone flying out of the airport arrive at least two hours early in anticipation of crowds.

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Travel Care’s Staff Preparing for Busy Holiday Season : South Florida Caribbean News

Travelers Care Founder & CEO Shelly-Ann Cawley with Mr. Aristides Cordoba, 80 years-old,  Fort Lauderdale International Airport Traveling to Havana, Cuba.

Travelers Care Founder & CEO Shelly-Ann Cawley with Mr. Aristides Cordoba, 80 years-old, Fort Lauderdale International Airport Traveling to Havana, Cuba.

by Howard Campbell

[FORT LAUDERDALE] – As Christmas approaches, Shelly-Ann Cawley is preparing her troops at Travelers Care for the busiest period of the year for the airline industry.

It is a time when families gather for seasonal parties celebrating Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Many travelers are senior citizens who require professional accompaniment.

Cawley is a leisure industry veteran who started Travelers Care in early 2019. Their prime market is assisting seniors from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to various destinations.

She envisages a hectic winter season as more persons shed the anxiety of commuting by air due to the Coronavirus.

“With the entire travel industry currently being impacted by continued workforce shortage, weather delays and other factors creating irregular operations, traveling can be even more difficult especially now in a pandemic,” said Cawley.

She added that her company has seen interest for their service from Germany, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom.

Shelly-Ann Cawley, Doreen Dwyer, Sophia Williams-Coley

Ms. Doreen Dwyer, 88 years-old with her grand-daughter Sophia Williams-Coley (left) and Travelers Care Founder and CEO Shelly-Ann Cawley at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada.

That service includes:

  • Arranging all flights
  • Baggage, Check-in & TSA processing
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed and in place for travel
  • Assist with all Travel Authorizations
  • Ensure all international requirements are met
  • Arrange wheelchair and other assistive services
  • Arrange transport on the ground with our transportation partners
  • We work with airlines to ensure compliance with all FAA & ADA regulations
  • Complete personal assistance onboard the aircraft
  • Provide updates, pictures, and constant communication to your family
  • Provide Safety, Comfort and Peace of Mind for you and your relatives

Like Cawley, Travel Care’s staff has years of experience in the travel and hotel industries under their belts.

It has seasoned them for what can be a challenging job.

“My team and I have learnt personally when working with seniors that the small things are important. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, listening to their stories, addressing them with titles, a hand shake, and or giving them a honest compliment,” she said. “Rather than seeing their impediments we enjoy the experience and humor of the seniors we care for – don’t forget the life lessons passed on to us too.”


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ASU basketball preparing to take on defending champs Baylor in Bahamas

Arizona State basketball will face the defending NCAA champion No. 6 Baylor in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday evening.

The other six teams competing in the event are No. 19 Auburn, No. 22 Connecticut, Loyola Chicago, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Virginia Commonwealth.

Wednesday provides ASU, a team with mostly new players on it, a chance to come together and test itself against one of the nation’s best programs.

“I think this is the best holiday tournament of them all this year, just quality of field top to bottom and I think it tests your guys,” head coach Bobby Hurley told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta Tuesday. “I think it’s important, I think you’re battle tested once you hit conference play and you learn a lot about yourselves in games like this.”

Baylor has taken care of its business early on, winning its first four games by a combined 139 points.

ASU is 2-2 with its losses coming by a total of three points.

Hurley said his offense is a work in progress as the players get more experience with one another. It scored four points in the final three minutes in last week’s 65-63 road loss against San Diego State.

“We’ve got to make some perimeter shots and try and loosen their defense up so we could get better looks and create some driving lanes,” Hurley said. “They have really good guard play. They’re physical, they expect to win. They have a potential lottery pick in Kendall Brown.”

Under Hurley, the Sun Devils have had a history of being competitive against ranked units, defeating eight in six seasons.

Just two years ago, ASU took the then-defending champions Virginia down to the wire in a 48-45 loss during the final game of the Air Force Reserve Tip-off Tournament.

“Its a big challenge, a big opportunity for guys on the team and the program,” graduate student forward Kimani Lawrence told reporters Tuesday.

The Bears lost some talent in the NBA Draft from their title-winning team, but they still got some key contributors back. Sophomore guard L.J. Cryer leads the team in points with 18.5 per game while senior wing Matthew Mayer has added 10.5 points per contest.

Hurley praised Baylor’s backcourt, singling out the freshman Brown, a long athletic wing who has scored 60 points in his first four college games.

Former Arizona Wildcats guard James Akinjo has started in all four games for Baylor.

The Sun Devils will have to take on the challenge without sophomore forward Marcus Bagley due to a knee injury. Hurley told reporters that there is no structural damage to Bagley’s knee, but he did not travel to the Bahamas to rehab.

Hurley also pointed out that this tournament will be a beneficial bonding opportunity for his team. He called them a close group already.

“It’s definitely a great experience, especially for our program that had a lot of problems and issues with COVID and had our season stopped a few times (last year),” Lawrence said. “It’s a blessing to be able to travel with the team.”

ASU and Baylor tip off at 5:30 p.m.

The winner of ASU vs. Baylor will face the victor of the Syracuse-VCU matchup on Thursday.

You can listen live Wednesday at KTAR News 92.3 FM.

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Travel Experts Give Advice On Preparing For Holiday Flight Cancellations

Monday, November 15th 2021, 10:58 am

By: Mallory Thomas

TULSA, Oklahoma –

Flight cancelations are a concern many people are facing as we head into the holiday travel season. News On 6’s Mallory Thomas spoke with a local travel agent about what you can do to protect yourself in case your flight gets canceled.

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Preparing for holiday travel this year

(LEX 18) — Spooky season is officially over and that means it’s time to turn our attention to holiday travel.

Travel experts say if you have not yet booked your flights for the holidays to do it as soon as possible to guarantee you have a seat and pay a decent price.

This year, travelers are also encouraged to work with a travel advisor who can help in stressful situations, and to use frequent flier points since it’s easier to get refunds that way.

Triple-A recommends padding your trips with an extra day or two and checking flight status days in advance.

Above all, Triple-A says preparation is key this year.

“We like to say, pack the patience. I mean, it’s just kind of a unique time, so some things are unavoidable or you just can’t predict,” said travel agency owner Lia Vincent.

“There’s fewer flights that are going to be available for the holidays, so it’s important to book as early as possible. Not only to save money but just to make sure you have a seat.” says Triple-A spokesperson Daniel Armbruster.

Last month, the CDC warned unvaccinated Americans to delay travel until they’re fully vaccinated. It’s not likely that guidance will change before the holidays.

Travel experts also recommend a travel insurance policy that covers COVID-19, in case you get sick or need to cancel a trip last minute. You can also use websites to check how safe a place is before you get there.

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Montgomery Regional Airport Preparing for Memorial Day Weekend Travel Surge

The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) and the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) have prepared for the surge in travelers expected at MGM. For many travelers flying during the upcoming holiday, this will be the first return to the skies in more than a year.

TSA has announced six tips for quickly and efficiently navigating airport checkpoints to assist passengers.

Tip 1: Wear a face mask. Face masks must be worn on all public conveyances and at stations, ports, or similar transportation hubs regardless of state and local laws.  

Tip 2: Leave prohibited items at home. To reduce the likelihood of physical contact with TSA officers at the checkpoint, verify if items are prohibited by using the “What Can I Bring?” page on 

Tip 3: Prepare for the security checkpoint. Have a valid ID card readily available. Follow the liquids rule of 3.4 ounces or less, with the exception of hand sanitizer, which has a temporary 12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage. 

Tip 4: No guns at checkpoints ever. Airline passengers can fly with firearms only in checked baggage. All firearms must be properly packed and declared at check-in. Contact your airline for additional guidance.  And know what the laws are on both sides of your trip. 

Tip 5: Help is always available. Get live assistance by tweeting your questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. You can also call the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673. 

Tip 6: Enroll now in TSA PreCheck®. “Travel with Ease” by enrolling in TSA PreCheck and avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light jackets. Most new enrollees receive a known traveler number within five days, and membership lasts for five years.    

“TSA is committed to supporting a healthy and secure environment for our employees, airport personnel and the traveling public,” said Gail Linkins, Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration for the State of Alabama. “The TSA has installed acrylic barriers to separate passengers and TSA officers at strategic locations, including where passengers present their ID and boarding pass.”

The federal face mask mandate was implemented for travelers in February and was recently extended into September. Face masks for both employees and passengers are required throughout all domestic transportation modes, including airport security screening checkpoints and throughout the airport. Masks are required regardless of any local or state easing of restrictions. Those who refuse to wear a mask face fines from the TSA and from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) if the infraction occurs while flying. The TSA continues to work closely with all transportation partners to enable the highest security standards within a travel environment that helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For complete information about TSA procedures during COVID-19, check out the “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure” campaign by visiting

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AAA Preparing Tourists for Unique Travel Experience in 2021

As COVID-19 vaccinations give hope that travel will soon fully reopen, experts from AAA Travel are warning tourists the landscape will look very different compared to the last time they took a vacation.

The first change most people have already come to grips with is mandatory mask policies, especially on all forms of public transportation. In addition to planes, buses and trains, each state has its own restrictions on where and when masks must be worn.


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AAA Travel also spoke about how road trips to domestic destinations continue to be the preferred way for many to travel, but even these trips require additional planning and preparation, such as following the latest state and local quarantine protocols.

“The entire travel experience has been transformed by COVID-19. If you’re considering travel sometime this year, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence ahead of any trip to ensure it is safe and enjoyable,” AAA Travel senior vice president Paula Twidale said. “As vaccines help boost consumer confidence to begin traveling again, we have to remember that wearing masks and social distancing are still a requirement.”

“Vacations are an investment in memory making. COVID-19 reminded us that safeguarding those investments, where possible, is important,” Twidale continued. “We recommend anyone considering making a trip seek the expertise of a trusted travel agent. They are an invaluable resource for travelers navigating evolving travel and public health guidelines.”

When renting a car or staying at a hotel, travelers should ask the companies providing the services to explain their cleaning techniques and what they’re doing to keep guests and employees safe.

For those flying, passengers should be aware that food and drink service has been altered to eliminate the possible spread of COVID-19, and some carriers continue to limit flight capacities and block middle seats to allow for social distancing.

Another factor to consider before hitting the road is using a travel agent to help navigate the changes. Advisors can answer questions related to travel insurance options, which destinations and attractions are open, testing and quarantine requirements and more.

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Thursday (March 4) Quincy Notre Dame Raiders Continue Preparing For Their Season Opener On The Prep Soccer Pitch Against Macomb And Western Illinois Basketball Standout Will Carius Honored Today By The Summit League

It’s been a busy week on the turf at Quincy Notre Dame. The Raiders soccer team, under the watchful eye of longtime head coach Greg Reis, are gearing up for their 2021 season opener on the pitch. That contest is coming up next Tuesday in Macomb. That’s where the “Blue and Gold” will face the Bombers to open their 15 game spring schedule that was brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic. . We’ll check in with Coach Reis and standout forward Seth Anderson and get their thoughts on being back together again at 10th and Jackson.

The Suns of Southeastern will return to action on the prep hardwood tonight. Danny Stephens and his teammates are set to travel to Warsaw to tip-off against the Titans of West Hancock. We’ll also take a look at some of the other prep games on the schedule in the “Land Of Lincoln” that we’ll be watching very closely this evening.

Western Illinois University’s Will Carius is certainly one Leatherneck who has shown he understands how to score the basketball on the college hardwood. For his sensational exploits this season, the Iowa native was honored today by the Summit League in a very special way. We’ll have an update from Macomb.

Iowa All-American center Luka Garza is also back in the national spotlight. The reining Big Ten Player Of The Year is still in the running for one of the top awards in the country for college basketball players. We’ll have the latest from Iowa City. That’s where the 5th-ranked Hawkeyes are preparing to face Nebraska later tonight. We’ll have details on what’s coming up at Carver-Hawkeyes Arena.

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