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Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches: Put Luggage On A Diet


Airlines are expecting a record 51-million passengers to fly over the busy holiday period.  And while you might not be able to avoid major airline issues like the power outage at Atlanta’s airport.. travel experts say there are some things you can do to avoid the “basic” travel headaches.

The busiest travel days,  which include  December 21st, the 22nd and the 26th.are right around the corner.  There will be at least 80-thousand additional passengers on flights each day. 

So, our travel experts want to remind you of ways to avoid the holiday travel headaches you have control of such as avoiding baggage issues when it’s time to check in.  Jo Anne Verboom of Gagnon Travel says, put your luggage on a diet.

“Every airline weights your luggage. And, the airlines have different weight restrictions, some say 50 pounds and some say 40 pounds. You want to know what your airlines rules are before you go to the airport. It will save you some money.”

And speaking of money, Verboom says if your bag is over the weight restrictions, expect to pay up.

“Because they will bust you.  They’re looking to make that extra money. The airlines make billions on those extra fees.”

And while you may want to spread a little Christmas cheer by bringing along presents for family and friends… proceed with care.

“Whether you’re taking gifts in carryon or in checked luggage—don’t wrap them.  Because TSA reserves the right to unwrap those packages to see what’s in the box. So my suggestion always is to bring gift bags and tissue and wrap once you get to your destination.”

Verboom also advises printing your boarding pass at home prior to getting to the airport which could help save time at check in.  However, she says having your boarding pass will not help you in security so be sure to allow plenty of time to get through what could be very long security lines.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.