Airport officials give tips as holiday travel season kicks off

Airport officials give tips as holiday travel season kicks off

Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel season.

Cars will flood the roads for the busiest driving season in years and Kansas City airport is warning travelers to prepare for long lines.

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Nearly 600,000 passengers are expected pass through KCI during the two-week holiday season.

Officials are suggesting people arrive an hour and a half before flights.

“You don’t have as many of the seasoned business travelers that are coming through,” Joe McBride, a spokesperson for the airport said. “A lot of the folks that don’t travel that often or they have anxiety. They’re not prepared.”

They also say double-check what can and can’t be brought on a plane so nothing is thrown out and lines are slowed.

Jesse Blackburn and her daughter Harper were arriving in Kansas City Thursday afternoon coming in from Oregon.

“Hectic before you get on the plane, and then you get on the plane and, you know, you breathe a sigh of relief,” Blackburn said.

Travis Shockley and her family were headed to Orlando from KCI and not worried about packed flights and long lines.

“We were so excited about getting away, we really didn’t think about all that,” he said. “This is our first time ever being away for Christmas so we’re going to a place that’s warm.”

It’s not just inside where there’s traffic.

The airport is urging people waiting to pick up to use the cellphone waiting lot instead of the terminal lanes.

“It just adds to the inconvenience for everybody and the congestion and safety,” McBride said.

They also encourage paper boarding passes over phones. If a phone dies, or glitches or computer systems go down, the phone won’t work.

While Friday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year, Christmas day is the slowest. Experts suggest anyone still looking for a deal buy a flight for that day.

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