Tips for traveling during the holidays

Tips for traveling during the holidays
A direct flight to Chicago will be offered at the Hattiesburg, Laurel Regional Airport. Photo Credit WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thanksgiving is one busiest travel periods of the year and with the big day on Thursday, people are scrambling to catch flights the day before.

The Transportation Security Administration listed a few tips for those flying before turkey day. The TSA advises people to leave early and prepared.

It's important to get to the airport as early as possible. This allows enough time for parking and pre-flight chores. Chores can include getting a boarding pass, checking your baggage and going through the security checkpoint. The TSA recommends arriving two hours before your flight takes off, but in Hattiesburg it is important to be at the airport an hour before your flight.

"It's important that you get here about an hour early and that's because we're a smaller airport and you will get on at that time. Once you get on your flight here and get into the system, It's pretty easy," said Tom Heinue, executive director of the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.

For the trip back, it is important to know what is allowed and not allowed on flights. Most people want to bring back leftovers from the big day. Food like turkey, ham and stuffing is allowed on your carry-on, but gravy is not. Gravy is only permitted on your checked luggage.

"Go to TSA.Gov to check and see what they can and cannot do if you remember a few years back in New Orleans there was a scare of a package leaking some fluid and it turned out to be gravy so it's very important that they go there and check. You don't want to be become that statistic that just by accident you become the bad guy," Heinue said.