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November 25, 2013

RDU Offers Annual Holiday Tips for Travelers

RDU Airport, NC – The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is underway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Nearly 200,000 passengers are expected to travel through RDU today through Monday, Dec. 2.

Airport officials recommend passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to board. Many airlines begin boarding at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

The busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday will be Wed., Nov. 27 and Sun., Dec. 1. On each of these days, approximately 30,000 passengers will travel through RDU.

Passengers reminded to check flight status before leaving for the airport.
Inclement weather across the country may impact flights over the next several days. RDU recommends travelers check their flight status by calling their airline’s customer service number or by visiting the airline’s website. Airline Information.

Passengers can also follow RDU on Twitter for information on weather impacts, holiday events and activities and travel tips. RDU is on Twitter at twitter.com/rduairport and Facebook at facebook.com/rduairport

Top Travel Tips

  • Arrive early.
    RDU recommends arriving at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to board.
  • Be prepared for security checkpoint.
    Before proceeding through the checkpoint, remove coats, jackets, blazers and shoes. All metal objects, including cell phones and pagers, should be placed in carry-on luggage or in the containers provided at the checkpoint. More information can be found on the TSA’s website.
  • Keep boarding passes and photo IDs out and visible.
    Your boarding pass and ID will be needed throughout the security screening process. 
  • Place all valuables in your carry-on luggage.  
    Carry medicine, cash, jewelry, electronic devices and other important and valuable items with you onto the plane.
  • Limit liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.
    Remember these numbers: 3-1-1. Only liquids and gels in 3-ounce or smaller containers are permitted in carry-on luggage. All 3-ounce containers must fit in one clear, sealed plastic bag that is no larger than one quart. Place the bag in the gray bin at the checkpoint for inspection.
  • Limit carry-on items.
    Each traveler is permitted to take one bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, through the security checkpoint.

Tips for Families

  • Allow extra time for the security screening process when traveling with small children.
  • Remove babies and children from their infant carriers and strollers before proceeding through the metal detector.
  • Place all child-related luggage and equipment on the x-ray machine.
  • Make arrangements for children traveling alone. Only ticketed passengers are permitted past security checkpoint; however, arrangements may be made for non-travelers to accompany children. Contact your airline to make arrangements. For more travel tips, visit www.rdu.com.

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