Consumer Watch: Thanksgiving Travel

If you and your family are thinking about flying this Thanksgiving, you may have a lot of time on your hands.
Lines are expected to be much longer this year because of a record number of flyers and increased security after the paris attacks and russian plane bombing.
Millions of passengers will be packing onto planes to kick off the holiday travel season.
From now until December 1, an estimated 25 million people will fly on U.S airlines.  
That’s three percent more than last year.
This as airports around the country remain on high alert.
“TSA has to be a lot more thorough now because of all these concerns. It’s pretty simple mathematics. In the end, it’s going to take more time to screen each person, and that is going to add up to longer lines.”
Not only are there more travelers but there could be less staff.
TSA’s full time airport security staffing levels have steadily decreased due to a shrinking budget.
Travelers should expect longer wait times as TSA spends more time inspecting passengers and luggage.
Expect random checks and hand swabs to test for explosive residue.
And additional random checks at the gate  
Even pre-check passengers may be required to remove their shoes and laptops.
Airlines say a good rule of thumb, arrive at the airline two hours before your flight is scheduled to take off.
“Now especially with the new security concerns, you’re really more than ever going to want to get to the airport early.”

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