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Turkey Day takeoff: Mastering Thanksgiving air travel like a pro

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The holiday season is upon us, and for many, that means taking to the skies to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones. To ensure your journey is as smooth as possible, we’ve compiled a list of essential air travel tips. From early arrival to inflight relaxation, here’s your go-to guide for stress-free Thanksgiving travel.

1. Park and fly: Make a plan for parking

Before you even step into the terminal, consider your parking options. We offer a variety of parking choices, from short-term to long-term, valet, or long-term lots. Research in advance so you have a plan upon arrival. Our FlyColumbus.com website also provides information on parking availability, helping you make an informed choice.

Pro tip: For an extra level of luxury, you can add on detailing or maintenance service with Vohnt car care, which is available to Valet and garage customers.

2. Early bird gets the smooth takeoff: Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure

Give yourself the gift of time by arriving at the airport well in advance. Aiming to be at the check-in counter at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure provides a buffer for any unexpected delays. Whether it’s long security lines or a bustling airport, having that extra time ensures you can navigate any challenges with ease.

Pro tip: download your airline’s mobile app so you can check-in online and download your mobile boarding pass.

3. Pack smart: Check TSA’s prohibited items list and check your bag before the checkpoint

Nothing disrupts a smooth journey like having to backtrack due to prohibited items in your bag. Take a moment to review the TSA’s list of prohibited items before packing. Be particularly mindful of liquids, gels, and sharp objects. Double-check your bag before reaching the security checkpoint to avoid any surprises. This simple step can save you time and prevent unnecessary stress.

Pro tip: Start your packing with empty bags to ensure you don’t accidentally bring a prohibited item through the checkpoint. 

4. Inflight zen: Sit back and enjoy the flight

Once you’ve cleared security and found your seat, it’s time to relax. Stop by one of our shops to pick up a book, load up your playlist, or grab a bite to eat in one of our restaurants. Consider bringing a refillable water bottle that you can fill up once you pass through the security checkpoint to stay refreshed during the flight. Embrace the time in the air as an opportunity to unwind and reflect on the upcoming festivities. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, taking a moment for yourself can make a significant difference in your overall travel experience.

This Thanksgiving, let your journey be as enjoyable as the destination. By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate the airport with ease, leaving you more time and energy to savor the moments of gratitude with family and friends. Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!

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