Even if you arrive hours early, you’re still likely to get stuck in a line at some point on the peak holiday travel days - whether while waiting to check in or pass through security.
Always err on the side of caution - especially for those traveling through the nation's busiest airports - when deciding how early to be at the airport. We encourage fliers to arrive two hours early for domestic and three hours for international itineraries.
“You might shave that a bit if you're flight is early morning or late night,” Ek said. “If your flight is in normal business hours, when airports are more crowded, then you should add another 30 to 45 minutes... Get thru security and relax. Who needs the stress?”
If you’ve checked in at home and don’t need to speak to an agent, curbside checking may save you time. Don’t forget to bring cash. It may never be more worth the couple extra bucks per bag than the night before Thanksgiving or the weekend after Christmas.
Coughs, sneezes, runny noses - they’re about as common at airports during the holiday travel season as over-priced, crummy pizza. Consider packing tissues, anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and medications, such as Tylenol. Even with those precautions, catching a bug is sometimes inevitable.