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Flathead fliers reminded to allow extra time over the holidays

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KALISPELL - The hectic holiday travel season can bring out the bah-humbug in even the most patient passenger, but Glacier Park International Airport managers say the best way to keep the fun in Christmas travel is allowing for extra time.

"Traffic is going to be increasing and it's probably good to get here sooner rather than later so that nobody misses any fights," advised GPIA manager Rob Ratkowski.

The automotive group AAA reports that 6.5 million people will fly to get to their holiday destinations this holiday season and passengers are being advised to allow extra time to get through security

GPIA increased its capacity to screen-check baggage going from two machines to three last year. The machines have the capability to screen about 200 checked bags per hour. But it's still a good idea to make the right preparations to get through the lines.

"Make sure you have no oversized liquids. Anything over 100 milliliters needs to go in your checked baggage. The other thing is make sure you unpack your bag before you pack it," said US Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers. "You may have items in your bag that work great for a car trip or a hunting trip but those items may not go in the cabin of the aircraft."

Airport officials also suggest that travelers print boarding passes out at home and to download the airline's app to keep up to date on any flight changes. 

The TSA says travelers can prepare for these new procedures by following a few simple steps:

  • Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint.
  • Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols can also be accessed quickly and easily.
  • Don’t over-stuff the carry-on bag. Consider checking bags when feasible.
  • Once screening is complete, be sure to put all electronics back in the carry-on bag. Double-check the bins to make sure nothing is left behind.
  • There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Liquids in quantities of less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces), food, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.

Click here for more information from the TSA website.

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