KANSAS CITY, MO – Over the year-end holidays, AAA expects 6 million people to travel by air.
Passengers flying through Kansas City International Airport on Wednesday said the airport wasn’t too crowded, but it certainly is.
Homecoming and hugs happen a lot this holiday season.
“It wasn’t that bad,” Alexis Dawson said. “I think doing it on the 22nd as opposed to two or three days was a smart move because I had friends who had traveled a couple of days ago, and they were like, ‘I can hardly move. I had to get there 3 hours earlier, and it was crazy. “
From December 17 to January 3, the Kansas City Department of Aviation expects 415,000 passengers to travel through Kuala Lumpur International Airport. This is a 53% increase over last year.
“Certainly a lot of people,” said traveler Dior Johnson. “Planes are definitely more crowded before you had your seat space, but now they aren’t.”
With more foot traffic at airports across the country, TSA’s Mark Howell has some reminders for those who may not have traveled in a while.
“One of the things we’re seeing a little bit more is the number of incoming firearms,” Hoyle said.
The TSA emphasizes: Do not bring items such as firearms and pocket knives to the security checkpoint. They are not allowed.
“Those more dangerous things like firearms will require secondary research, and sometimes law enforcement will be called in, and that will slow down the process for everyone who goes through the security checkpoint,” Howell said.
It’s also important to arrive early, about two hours before departure or three hours before international flights.
Also, make sure you pack smart. Any liquid over 3.4 ounces cannot be carried in your handbag. Howell also urged people not to wrap gifts before arriving at the airport.
“The reason is that if we have to do a secondary search for those bags, or those gifts, we’re going to have to unpack them to do that,” Hoyle said. “We are therefore asking you to use the gift bags or just wait until you reach your destination to avoid us having to unpack them, if they alert you.”
Just let Santa take care of the toys. We caught him getting off a plane in Kansas City on Wednesday while the reindeer were resting before Christmas.
“I have to pick up a few more things, check the list and make sure everything is okay in Kansas City before I head north,” Chris Kringle said.
Another thing to consider: peak hours at the airport. They are from 5 to 7 in the morning and from 4 to 6 in the evening
Howell suggests booking flights outside of those time frames or getting here early if your flight falls during that time.