Holiday Travel

When traveling by air:

  • Call the airline ahead of time to make sure your flight is still scheduled.
  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your departure time.
  • Allow extra time for shuttle and transportation.
  • Leave gifts unwrapped for proper inspection.
  • Don't pack anything that may be used as a weapon, such as pocketknives, scissors or tools. For a complete list of prohibited items visit the Transportation Security Administration web site at
  • New baggage screening equipment may ruin undeveloped camera film, so don't place undeveloped rolls or used disposable cameras in your carry-on luggage. You may ask to have them hand checked.
  • Have your boarding pass or ticket confirmation information along with a government-issued photo ID ready to show at all security checks.
  • Don't wear clothing and accessories with lots of metal that will set off alarms at checkpoints.

Traveling by land:

  • Avoid driver fatigue by getting the proper rest before departing on a long road trip.
  • Buckle up. It's the law, and it saves lives.
  • Children should be properly restrained in a car seat or booster.
  • Check road and weather conditions before you leave.
  • Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers may also have indulged in too much holiday spirits.
  • Stay alert. Never drive while impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, or medication. Appoint a designated driver.

Cruising during the holidays:

  • Make sure your passport hasn't expired. Check it well in advance of your departure date.
  • When you arrive at the port before reaching the ship you will be asked to show your photo identification and cruise ticket at a security checkpoint.

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