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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Prepare Before You Arrive at the Airport

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Each year during the busy holiday travel season the Airport receives a number of calls from individuals preparing for an upcoming trip.  The most frequently asked question is, "When do I need to arrive at the Airport to catch my flight?" followed by a wide range of questions regarding the airlines' carry-on and checked baggage requirements, and the TSA security screening process.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to provide a "one-size-fits-all" response to each of these questions, as the time of day you are traveling, the airline, the size of airport, weather conditions, as well as many other factors all have an impact on how to answer each question.  For example, while the airline baggage requirements are similar, there are enough subtle differences that it is important to know the requirements for the airline with which you will be traveling to avoid last minute surprises.  Finally, since the aviation security requirements are constantly evolving, reviewing the latest procedures BEFORE arriving at the Airport will save time once you begin the screening process.  

For these reasons, we recommend that travelers do the following: (1) visit the website of the airline they are traveling with and (2) visit the website of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help better prepare for their trip.  All of the airlines have excellent websites that are easy to use and provide extensive information on their checked and carry-on baggage requirements, how to travel with family members and pets, how to request and receive special accommodations, how to check in for your flight online, and many other useful travel tips.  The TSA website has "Security Screening", "TSA PreCheck" and "Travel Tips" sections that will help either the first time or the seasoned traveler breeze through the screening process like a pro.

During the holidays, the one thing you can count on while traveling is -- busy airports.  Preparing before you arrive and allowing plenty of time once you reach the Airport is important.  The employees at Billings Logan International Airport appreciate your business and look forward to serving you this holiday season.


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