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Jon Douglas
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Simple Tips for Surviving

Flying over the holidays doesnt have to be stressful. A little preparationand paying attention to the detailscan help make your trip as easy as pie.

It could have been worse, I thought, as we taxied down the snowy runway at Bostons Logan Airport. My flight home had been delayed twice by a winter noreasterfirst overnight, and then again by a few hours in the morning. But I wasnt nearly as cranky as some of my fellow travelers, who gave the impression theyd rather be at the mall exchanging gifts on the day after Christmas.



By contrast, I was relaxed and ready to settle in for my cross-country flight. Why did such a compromised trip turn out to be so stress-free? Follow these 10 tips and you too can be ready to face the unpredictable challenges of traveling during the holiday season.



1. Pack for the new security rules



Ignore the latest TSA requirements at your peril: Not only could you lose precious time as you scramble to make your plane, but you could also be forced to pitch your favorite perfume or that expensive bottle of wine.



The revised rules are fairly straightforward: Youre allowed to carry liquid, gel or aerosol products through security in containers of 3 ounces or less, provided these items can fit in a clear-plastic quart-sized zip-top bag. Got those details? Three ounces and one quart-sized bag. If you want to bring your liquid, gel or aerosol items in larger quantities, you have to put them in your checked luggageor buy those products after youve passed through security. There are a few exceptions that can be carried in larger amounts, such as prescription medications and baby formula, so be sure to check the TSA Web site for complete details.



Also, youre now required to take off your shoes as well as remove laptops from your bag. As you snake through the security queue, pull out your laptop before you get close to the scanner. Then you wont hold up the travelers behind you as you fumble with your belongings. And when you get to the other side of the checkpoint, be sure you have the right laptop; its entirely too easy for you to accidentally pick up someone elses machine.



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2. Keep your gifts unwrapped



If youre bringing presents, be sure to leave them unwrapped until you arrive at your destination. Thats because TSA screeners may need to inspect the contents before clearing your checked or carry-on bag. You may want to consider shipping the gifts to your destination in advance, which could also save you from paying an overweight baggage fee.



3. Lose the pounds on your luggage



Packing light wont just help you avoid straining your shoulders; its also a good way to keep you from draining your pocketbook. Most airlines allow you to check two pieces of baggage of up to 50 pounds each. Overweight bags of up to 70 pounds will cost you at least $25, and youll pay an extra $80-$85 for a third checked bag. If you absolutely have to bring all that on your trip, consider using a door-to-door service like Luggage Express, which will save you the hassle of schlepping your heavy bags into the airport.



4. Leave yourself enough time



With about 65 million people expected to travel during the holiday season, according to the Air Transport Association, youre bound to run into delays on the freeway, at the parking garage, in the security line and on the runway. Take a deep breath and dont be surprised if everything takes a little longer than usual. Also, be sure to build enough time into your schedule if you plan to check your luggage: New airline rules require you to complete check-in, depending on your airport, no less than 30 to 45 minutes before departure. As a general guideline, youll want to be at the airport at least one hour before departure for domestic flights, and at least two hours for international flights.
Jon Douglas
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