Travelers About to Break Records This Holiday Season
more than 107 million people are expected to be traveling over the next ten days
FARGO, N.D. –If you’re planning to get out of town for the holidays, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Those traveling this holiday season are about to break records.
“We’re expecting about 107 million people to travel over the next ten days so it’s going to be busy out there whether you’re traveling on the roads, through the airports, cruise ships, trains, whatever,” said Gene Ladoucer with AAA Fargo.
A lot of it has to do with the day Christmas falls on this year.
“This time being a Monday, we do have a lot of people traveling. We’ll have well over 1,000 people,” said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International Airport.
That’s why Dobberstein reminds people to pack a little something extra with them during the holidays.
“Pack a bag full of patience. Be patient because there’s weather situations that can develop, mechanical situations with the carriers, know that the weather’s going to be at the destination that you’re traveling to, especially with the hub airports,” Dobberstein said.
Travelers flying out of Fargo should get to Hector International Airport ninety minutes prior to the departure time.
That changes to two hours if your plans include driving to Minneapolis – Saint Paul International Airport.
But Michael Flynn says he’s learned over the years that it’s really all about being prepared.
“I wear easy shoes to get off, don’t put my belt on, try to make it as easy to get through the screening process,” Flynn said.
That even includes shipping all the Christmas gifts instead.
“Instead of me trying to get through the airlines, dealing with them if they get lost, they’re delivered directly there,” Flynn said.
For travelers who prefer the open road, a AAA spokesman says it’s best to get to any large metro area before rush hour hits.
“It’s going to be really busy as holiday travelers mix in with commuters. In some areas, we expect the travel time to be as much as three times as high as normal,” Ladoucer said.
Hector International Airport officials remind you not to wrap Christmas gifts you’re taking on the flight because TSA needs them unwrapped during the screening process.