The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for air travel. During the Thanksgiving week, Airport Officials are recommending that passengers allow plenty of time to park, check-in and process through security.
To prepare passengers for the heavy volume at the airport during the holiday, SAT offers the following tips to help ensure a stress‐free airport experience:
Arrive Early. Passengers should arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight for flights before 7:30 a.m. and 90 minutes for flights thereafter.
Do not wrap gifts. It is recommended that gifts and presents not be wrapped when traveling. These items are subject to inspection and may have to be unwrapped and opened for inspection.
Pack with security in mind. To avoid the potential of additional screening, passengers should know what is and isn't allowed in carry‐ons and checked luggage. Passengers are encouraged to check the prohibited items list on the TSA website‐ http://www.tsa.gov/traveler‐information.
Dress the part. Passengers should try to avoid wearing metal in or on clothing and coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items should be packed in a carry‐on bag for easier processing through the
Get your Boarding Pass early. Passengers can print boarding passes online before they arrive at the airport or they can use the convenient airline check‐in kiosks at the airport. Passengers with only carryon baggage can go directly to the security checkpoint. Passengers with luggage can go to airline counter for bag‐check.
Check the flight status online or signup for email flight notifications. Passengers can check their flight status and sign up for flight status email alerts at http://www.sanantonio.gov/SAT.
Use the cell phone waiting lot. When picking up arriving passengers, drivers can use the Cell Phone Waiting Lot to wait for the arrival of their passenger. This parking lot is free of charge. The lot is equipped with FREE WiFi and large flight boards. The cell phone lot is located one block south of I-410 on Airport Blvd.
Additional Holiday Travel Tips:
• Prior to arriving at the airport, travelers should check with the airlines or their travel agent to confirm there has not been any last-minute changes in travel itineraries.
• Be prepared to present photo identification to airline personnel upon check in.
• Airline officials recommend placing ID tags on both the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. There are complimentary ID tags at the airline ticket counters.