How to survive traveling for the holidays

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - A new study from AAA says Americans will travel in record numbers this holiday season.

Although AAA says most Americans will drive instead of fly this year, airports will still be crowded for the holidays. Over  92 million Americans are expected to drive or fly at least 50 miles between now and Jan. 2, 2012.

Officials at the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport say unlike the Thanksgiving holiday where travel is packed into one weekend, the Christmas travel season is spread out over several weeks.

Whether you're traveling by air or by land, we have some tips this morning to maximize that holiday travel happiness.

  • Travel light - This will save you time and money, especially with baggage fees
  • Print your boarding pass - Get this done at home before you leave and head straight to security when you get to the airport. Also, make sure your name is spelled correctly on the itinerary before it becomes a problem with security.
  • Check for delays - Before you head to the airport, double-check for flight delays. You can also sign up through an airline's web site for flight-delay alerts.
  • Don't wrap gifts - The TSA urges travelers not to wrap gifts until they've arrived at their destination. Remember, food items such as salsas, jams, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less.
  • Get to the airport early - Allow at least two hours for check-in and security lines, even for short domestic flights.
  • Don't forget your ID - Any passenger 18 and older will need a federal or state-issued photo id at airport checkpoints.

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