Tampa International Airport says it is expecting 236,000 people to travel through TPA over the weekend. With that in mind, here are some holiday travel tips to make things a little less chaotic, courtesy of TPA.
Today kicks off our busy holiday period! We’re expecting a whopping 1.5 million passengers to travel through TPA from today until Jan. 6. Our 3 busiest days should be:— Tampa Intl Airport ✈️ (@FlyTPA) December 18, 2019
12/30 – 89K guests
12/21 – 83k guests
1/5 – 82K guests
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Arrive early – nothing can stress you out over the holidays like running late, so plan ahead. Allow at least two hours for parking, check-in and screening if you are traveling over the holidays. Early mornings and weekends are especially busy, so don’t take a chance-allow extra time.
Double Check - If you’re grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket and other items you haven’t used in a while, be sure to give them the onceover so you don’t accidentally take something prohibited through the checkpoint. Many people who have brought guns, ammunition, knives and other prohibited items say that they did so unknowingly.
Animals in the airport - service animals are always welcome! Traveling non-service animals must be properly confined in a pet carrier if one is present, or controlled on a leash when they are in the airport. Be sure to check with your airline for any additional requirements for traveling with animals before coming to the airport. Requirements may vary between air carriers. Non-service animal pets that are not traveling, such as those greeting arriving passengers in the Main Terminal, are not allowed at TPA.
Wrap on arrival – TSA recommends that you wrap on arrival to avoid delays at screening. Packages can be wrapped, but if an item cannot be cleared through the initial screening and needs to be further evaluated, unwrapping can cause delays.
Baggage allowances – Baggage allowance, size and weight of accepted bags, and fees vary between air carriers. Check with your airline for a complete list of baggage restrictions before packing.
Review screening procedures – if you haven’t traveled in a while, it’s a good idea to visit the TSA website and review current screening procedures and the list of restricted items. Traveling with food and gift items is popular this time of year, and the 3-1-1 restrictions for liquids, aerosols and gels still apply.
Check out the TSA website for more information, or if you have questions about:
Safety first! Traveling can be stressful, especially during the busy holiday period. By staying aware of your surroundings and keeping a close eye on your property, you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft while traveling. Take a few minutes to review these important reminders. A little preparation time now, could save you a great deal of time replacing stolen property later.