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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