Timely Airport Travel Tips for Easter Weekend & Summer Vacations

People are already on the move for Easter weekend.

Newswatch 16 was at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport where six flights took off before 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Travelers we talked say they tacked on extra time Thursday knowing this airport in Luzerne County would be busy.

Shripathi Holla of Clarks Summit said, "I come about an hour and fifteen minutes earlier."

"I'm going to San Diego. and I love it, fun," added Onni O'Neill of Dunmore. "Get here a little early cause of the crowds."

"Holiday weekends are always crazy to travel in," said Bryan Rex of Honesdale.

If you're taking a flight anytime soon, Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey has tips to keep your travels on time.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with a travel pro to offer some “news you can use tips” to prevent getting slowed down through airport security.

Among the suggestions from AAA North Penn’s Nina Waskevich include:

  • Monitor Wait Times.
    Smaller airports usually require passengers to check in an hour ahead of time, especially if they’re checking a bag. That is unless you have TSA pre-check.  Flying out of a larger airport?  Arrive two hours before your flight.
  • Dress Appropriately. 
    If you don’t have TSA pre-check, you may be required to remove your shoes and belt. Having slip-on shoes and pants that don’t require a belt could save you time.
  • Consider TSA Pre-Check.
    Although the approval process can take several weeks to get approved, having this in your travel pocket allows you to use a separate security line and get perks like not having to remove shoes, belt or a laptop from the carry-on bag. One fun fact: you can actually travel through airport security with a water bottle that's full, only IF it's completely frozen. TSA experts say the same goes for yogurt.  It falls under TSA's approved "ice" category. However; if the liquid looks slushy or has the tiniest amount of water,  it will have to be tossed or in a container that's less than 3.4 ounces.

For other facts on "What Can I Bring Through Security?" head here to be connected to TSA's list.

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