Airport crowds, some lengthy traces as Thanksgiving journey getaway commences – WTOP Information

The Thanksgiving journey getaway was off to a principally clean begin Wednesday, regardless of lengthy safety traces Wednesday morning at one of many D.C. space’s busiest airports.

The Thanksgiving journey getaway was off to a principally clean begin Wednesday, regardless of lengthy safety traces Wednesday morning at one of many D.C. space’s busiest airports.

Reagan Nationwide Airport noticed a gradual stream of vacationers Wednesday morning with, at instances, lengthy traces to undergo safety screening and to test baggage.



WTOP’s Luke Lukert was on the airport assessing the crowds and speaking with vacationers.

“Positively received a little bit anxious that there’d be extra crowds, so I received the early flight and received right here a number of hours early. However issues appear to be fairly good at this time,” mentioned one traveler, who solely gave his first title, Joseph.

Lengthy traces at Reagan Nationwide Airport on Nov. 23, 2022, as Thanksgiving vacationers put together to catch flights. (WTOP/Luke Lukert)

The Transportation Safety Administration recommends vacation vacationers get to the airport two hours earlier than scheduled home flights and three hours earlier than worldwide flights.

About 2.5 million individuals are anticipated to fly Wednesday nationwide, based on the TSA. General air journey is projected to be about 8% increased than 2021 — almost at pre-pandemic ranges, based on AAA.

With placid climate anticipated up and down the Mid-Atlantic, a fast scan of on-line airport departure boards point out issues to be working easily thus far, with few delayed flights at Reagan, Dulles Worldwide and Baltimore-Washington Worldwide airports.

Heading into Thanksgiving, there’s often not a one-day vacation rush.

“Individuals trickle to their vacation spot” all through the week, mentioned TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

However if you happen to’re planning to fly on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, anticipate loads of firm. “Most individuals return residence on Sunday,” Farbstein mentioned.

Not everyone seems to be bemoaning the stress of vacation airport crowds.

“I’m glad everybody’s getting again out and touring. It’s good to be again out within the airports and again up within the skies once more,” Robby Veronesi instructed WTOP. He was heading to New York to spend the vacation with household. “I missed being up there.”

You’ll have the ability to save time if you happen to don’t need to test a bag. However if you happen to’re planning to deliver some Thanksgiving fixings in your carry-on baggage, be warned: When you can spill, spray, pump or pour it — assume cranberry sauce, gravy, wine jelly — you’ll need to dump it earlier than going via safety if it’s greater than 3.4 ounces.

See extra do’s and dont’s for what to deliver right here.

Additionally right here’s a tip for going via safety: “Don’t wait till you get to the conveyor belt to start out unloading your pockets. Take them out within the line. Put them in your carry-on bag,” Farbstein mentioned.

Planning to drive in your Thanksgiving journey plans? Your greatest window of alternative has doubtless already handed.

Transportation authorities in Virginia and Maryland each say the very best time to hit the roads to keep away from congestion was by early Wednesday. Nonetheless, if you happen to nonetheless have some touring to do, Thanksgiving Day often sees lighter-than-normal visitors.

See extra suggestions if you happen to’re driving right here.

WTOP’s Luke Lukert contributed to this report.

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